Date Loaf


This is my favourite date loaf recipe.  It is moist and freezes beautifully and is quick and easy to make.  It stays beautifully fresh for days and takes just 10 – 15 minutes to prepare.


Date Loaf

250 g dates

190 ml sugar

250 ml boiling water

5 ml bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

1 egg, beaten

80 ml sunflower oil

2.5 ml vanilla essence

375 ml flour

2.5 ml baking powder

2.5 ml cinnamon

2.5 ml ground ginger

Cut up dates and place in a bowl with the sugar, boiling water and bicarb.  Let it soak for a short while to soften the dates.

Add beaten egg, oil and vanilla and mix.

Add sifted flour, baking powder, cinnamon and ground ginger and mix well.

Spoon into a greased and lined loaf pan and bake at 150 C for 75 to 90 minutes.  It is done when a skewer, inserted, comes out clean.

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6 thoughts on “Date Loaf

  1. Hey Pam.
    Our mouths always start watering when we visit your site….mmmmm!!!
    I wanted to tell you: We made the Bran Loaf and it didn’t last 24 hours! Excellent roughage too!
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Caryl

    • I’m so glad you had a success with the bran loaf. It ‘s always great to get feedback as there are so many variables with baking, as ovens are not always the same and it also makes a difference whether you are at an altitude (like here in Johannesburg) or at sea level. It’s a matter of trial and error until you get it right. Thanks for the comments. Now check out the shortbread!

  2. Took this out of the oven an hour ago, only half remains! Fantastic recipe. The outside has a really delicious meringue-like crunch to it which I adore. My boyfriend is not so keen on the crust, would I bake it for less time (I baked it for exactly 75mins) to make it softer on the outside, or is that just how date loaf is? Thanks again 🙂

    • To answer my own question; the crust softens over night into a normal cake-like texture. Still super moist and tasty 🙂

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