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Date Loaf

A very old fashioned recipe that I have used for over 50 years. A great favourite with my family.


  • 1 cup boiling water
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  • 8 oz. chopped dates
  • 2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. bi-carbonate soda (baking soda)
  • 1 3/4 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 egg, well beaten


Cook dates, butter, sugar, and soda in boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Cool. Add well beaten egg and self raising flour, mix well.

Grease or line with baking paper a long narrow tin. Bake in moderate oven for around 3/4 hour (need to check on).

Remove from tin. When cool, slice and spread slices with butter to serve.

Servings: 8-10
Prep Time: 5-10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 40-45 Minutes

Source: From very old Golden Wattle Cookery book.

By Lorraine from Perth, Western Australia

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August 4, 20110 found this helpful

Date-Nut Bread or Tea Bread as I was taught to call it is one of my favorite sweets. I mix up cream cheese and chopped green olives for the most delicious sandwich using Date-Nut Bread. We used to buy these sandwiches at all the Jewish Deli Restaurants from New York to Miami, FL. You can add finely chopped pecans to the cream cheese and olive too if you like.


Thank you for sharing your recipe Lorraine.

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August 4, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks for that, I will certainly give it a try. Hope you enjoy my Date Loaf.
Take care, Lorraine

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