Over the Salt

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Divine Date Loaf


Date Loaf

Date Loaf warm from the oven

We all have foods that invoke those halcyon days of our youth, warm comfort food that we ‘go to’ to make bad days better. Date loaf is one such food for my sister Ria, and in the past months all she wanted was some Date Loaf like we used to eat when we were kids. This recipe has been reverse engineered from memories of what it should taste like. When made using low sodium baking powder and sweet butter each slice averages 100mg sodium.

For the best results there are a couple of things to do first.

Date mix

Date mix

Step One: the flavour is better if you can soak the dates overnight in the water and molasses. If you dont have time  the day before – boil the water and pour over the chopped dates, place in freezer until cool (about 1 hour) use this time to do step 2.

Step Two: Sift General purpose (plain flour) with the low sodium baking powder 6 times using a large strainer or sieve.

Step Three: Preheat oven to 375F or 180C then grease and line the base of your loaf pans.

Mixing the cake

Butter,sugar,date loaf

Cream the butter and sugar with a fork, add eggs and stir till mixed

date, flour, date loaf

Add 1/3 date mix and sieved flour to butter/sugar/eggs, stir until a batter, continue to add dates & flour till all mixed in, stir 3mins for good measure

Cake Batter

pour finished batter into prepared loaf tins. Cook 25 – 45 mins till cake springs back when lightly touched

Ingredients: Measurements in imperial and (metric)

  • 3 cups General Purpose Flour (Plain)
  • 6 level teaspoons Low Sodium Baking Powder (less than 450mg/tsp)
  • 2 Sticks sweet butter (225gm unsalted butter)
    you cannot use margarine for this recipe as it

    contains too much salt
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Date Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Molasses
  • 4 Eggs (large/70gms per egg)
  • 12 oz Chopped Dates (400gm)
  • Water (enough to cover dates in a measuring cup to 800ml total volume)

Photos and recipe copyright by Colleen (tummyluv) in Ria’s kitchen.

Author: tummyluv

I am the eternal searcher, I love learning new techniques and subjects. I have changed careers several times in this incarnation and will probably change it several more times before I depart this not so mortal coil. I am fascinated by any thing new (or old that is new again) but I am absolutely smitten with the idea that everyone should be able to eat well on a dime/ yen/ penny /.... you get the message. Just because you are lactose/fructose/ nut/ gluten intolerant does not mean that you cannot have a delightfully sinful treat or a nutritious meal on the table. This Blog is about some of my recipes that I am happy to share to assist the world in eating a better state.

3 thoughts on “Divine Date Loaf

  1. Thanks sis. I’ll be making this over the next couple of days – the last of the loaves you saved for us in the freezer will be gone tomorrow.

  2. You are welcome, scones and rock cakes this weekend coming. Plus Mushroom Magic filling for pasties.

  3. This is absolutely delicious!!! I will definitely be making this at home! Thank you for the sample!! 🙂

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