Easy Date Loaf Recipe
This date loaf recipe ticks 3 major boxes for me – fast, easy and tasty. The first time I made it was when I needed something new for the school lunch boxes. The recipe came from Nanna’s vault and it was a winner straight away both for me and the kids. I love it with a spread of butter on top alongside my morning coffee (see above :))
It’s easy to make because you only need one pan. Everything gets thrown in, add a bit of heat, follow up with a quick stir and into the oven. If your dates are already chopped, it takes only 5 minutes. You can’t get much quicker than that.
Another box the recipe ticks is budget friendly. With no eggs and only a small dose of butter, it’s super cheap. I used dried pitted dates and chopped them into chunks. Scissors make a ‘sticky’ job like this a lot easier. You could easily substitute other dried fruits if you prefer. Enjoy
- 1 cup chopped dates
- ¾ cup sugar (see notes)
- 60g (3 tablespoons) butter
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1½ cups self raising flour
- Preheat oven to 160C (320F). Grease and line a loaf tin (or use one of these)
- Put dates, sugar, butter and bicarbonate of soda into a saucepan. Pour over boiling water.
- Heat mixture to a boil and let it boil for a couple of minutes. Remove from heat.
- Allow to cool for a bit then add the flour. Mix flour in until just combined.
- Pour into lined loaf tin.
- Bake for 45 minutes, or until skewer comes out clean.
- Serve warm or allow to cool and store in an airtight container.
- Super Subs: other dried fruits you could try are sultanas, cranberries, apricots...anything really.
- A handful of nuts could easily be added to the recipe for a bit of crunch. Walnuts would be great with the dates.
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