Easy Date Loaf Cake | Urban Homestead Baking


I recently purchased some dried dates, a dried fruit the family hadn't tried before. It turns out none of us really like them on their own as a dried fruit, they are just too sweet and have a strange texture. 

--  Dried Dates   --

As someone who hates to waste food there was no way I was wasting them, even if none of us particularly liked them. So off I went in search of some recipes that used dates. 

I came across a number of different recipes that used dates, both sweet and savory but of course a cake recipe won. So off I went in search of the other ingredients needed for the particular recipe. 

I was in luck and found that I had everything needed (scroll down to see the list of ingredients) I ended up tweaking the original recipe, as I usually do, so the ingredients and recipe I'm listing here are my adapted version of the original recipe that i found online. 

The date loaf cake turned out well, the family enjoyed it, especially considering it contained the dried dates none of us really liked on their own the cake was actually really nice. It tasted good on its own with a cuppa but also when served with a little Greek yogurt. 

I will admit that I was a little concerned when it said to let it go golden brown and the length of time it needed to be in the oven but it worked out well. We've still got some dried dates left so we'll be making this loaf cake again. 

Easy Date Loaf Cake 

135g of dates, dried or fresh should work (chopped)
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
200ml boiling water
20g soft butter
100g caster sugar
1 egg 
200g self-raising flour

1. Preheat your oven to 180c and grease or line a loaf tin. 
2. Chop your dates, place in a bowl and add the hot water and tsp of bicarbonate of soda. Let sit and cool. 
3. In another bowl cream together the sugar and butter then add the egg and mix. 
4. Sieve the self raising flour into the butter, sugar and egg mix. Mix well. 
5. Add in the dates & water, mix and then pour into the prepared loaf tin. 
6. Place into the oven and bake at 180c for approx 35mins or until slightly golden. 

If you need a loaf tin to bake this recipe in take a look at these: 

Set of 2 loaf tins 


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