Since I have 2 packets of dates bought from JB recently, I thought I should give it a try.
I used sun-dried dates which are not preserved with sugar, so they are naturally sweet. These dates are usually available during the Muslim fasting month and it's the best time to buy them. At other times, the dates available would be those that are preserved with added sugar.
This date loaf is healthy, moist, soft, not-so-sweet and delicious!
This brand of dates is by far the best that I've tasted.
The dates are still attached to the branches.
Ingredients: (23cm x 13cm or 9" x 3" loaf tin)
1 cup chopped dates
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
1 cup hot water mixed with 1 heaped teaspoon nescafe
1 large egg
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1 and 1/2 cup Self-raising flour
1/4 cup fine sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Place dates in bowl and sprinkle bicarbonate soda over it and pour hot water. Set aside.
2. Mix butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and flour and add in dates. Beat for 2 minutes at medium speed.
3. Pour into greased and lined loaf tin and bake in preheated oven at 170 deg C for 35 to 40 minutes.
4. Cool, slice and eat it on its own or spread some butter or cream cheese. Yum!