Sunday, August 21, 2011

Coffee Date Loaf

My friend, Sue emailed this recipe and a picture of the date loaf she had made a couple of weeks ago.
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!

Unbelievably soft and moist!


  1. Mmmmm...this sounds so healthy and looks so moist too. Thanks for sharing.:)

  2. Good morning. Can I have a slice for my breakfast? Irresistible!

  3. Perfect timing for this as dates are plentiful in this period. I read that it is also full of nutrients.

  4. Hi Ann,
    If you want it even healthier, substitute butter with olive oil.

    Hi Cheah,
    I wished you were living next door so that I can enjoy your food!

    Hi Edith,
    I always buy a few packets to keep as I am assured of better dates.

  5. oh yum! i love coffee flavored cakes! must follow!

  6. must grap some dates before Raya getting over, this is full of nutritious and looks good too.

  7. Your date loaf looks absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Interesting! First time I see dates with branches still attached to them :)

  9. Hi Judy! It's been a very long time since I last looked in. My, my you are doing so well. Your blog is excellent. And that date loaf looks super. I will try your recipe event hough I've already made so many from my recipe. You must thoroughly enjoy what you're doing.....keep it up pretty lady! All the best, love, Sue

  10. One of our fellow (John) church goers recommended I try your recipe, so I have and It's so delicious. Thanks, keep the recipes coming.

  11. Hi Busy Gran, bookmarked to do long ago. Just baked one, very nice loaf cake. Soft, moist and not too sweet. Thanks for sharing this nice dates' recipe.


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