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.
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.