Apple and Date Loaf
- Ready In:
- 1hr 10mins
- 1 cup dried dates, chopped
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 380 g apples (from a tin)
- 2 tablespoons crystallized ginger, chopped finely
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1⁄4 cup boiling water
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 3⁄4 cup caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 cups self raising flour, sifted
- Preheat oven to 180°C.
- In a bowl put the dates, baking soda, apple, crystallised ginger, ground ginger and boiling water, stir well.
- In another bowl mix the butter and sugar together and then beat in the egg. Gradually blend in the date mixture and sifted flour.
- Spoon into a greased and floured loaf tin. Bake for 1 hour or until the loaf is cooked when tested with a skewer.
- Cool in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a cake rack to cool.
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This make a large batch so I got 2 small loaves & 6 muffins, I made as directed but cut the ginger powder back to 1 tsp & added 1 tsp cinnamon as I'm not a huge ginger lover and with the crystallized ginger I thought it may be too overpowering for my tastes. The end result was a lovely tasty, moist cake that the family enjoyed. Best eaten on the day of making or frozen.
As my loaf tin was a bit small, I used a couple of muffin cases for the mixture that wouldn't fit in the tin. I preferred the muffin version because they didn't take so long to cook (instant gratification girl that I am) and I thought that the moist, loose crumb of the cake was really well suited to the small, individual portions. I used 3 fresh eating apples, was very liberal with the gingers and added a little cinnamon too. Very, very tasty!
This is a lovely, fruity loaf. I had to play fast and loose with the ginger, however, since I'd never get that much past my DH (claims it "jumps out" at him if there's too much - feisty stuff, that ginger!) Anway, I used about one quarter the amount of crystallized and powdered ginger and subbed some cinnamon and allspice. I used three medium apples and about 1/2 cup applesauce and baked it for about 45 minutes in a convection oven and it was lovely and moist. Thanks for posting!