My Mum’s Date Loaf Recipe

Date Loaf (Mum’s)

Ingredients [as per recipe but best to double and use bigger tin]

1 cup chopped pitted dates
1 1/2 cups [185grams] S R flour
1 tspn bicarbonate of soda
90 grams butter [softened]
1/2 cup soft brown sugar
2 eggs – lightly beaten
1 tspn Vanilla essence

Preheat oven 180 C [350F].
Brush deep 18cm square cake tin with melted butter and line with baking paper.
Put chopped dates and bicarb in pyrex bowl, add 1 cup hot water , stir and leave 15 mins.
In another bowl, Beat butter and sugar, add vanilla essence, and whisk till light and creamy.
Gradually add eggs and blend in.
Fold in half of sifted flour, then half of date mixture, then slowly add rest of flour and then dates until well-combined.
Pour mixture into cake tin and bake for 40mins or until cooked. Cool before serving.

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