Date Loaf

    1 hour 10 minutes

    Date cakes keep for days and so they are ideal for picnics or camping trips. This recipe uses prepared apple sauce which keeps it moist.

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    Makes: 1 loaf cake

    • 2 eggs
    • 1/4 cup rum
    • 1/2 cup dates, pitted and diced
    • 60g unsalted butter, softened
    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1 cup cake flour
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 3/4 cup apple sauce
    • 1/2 cup walnuts, diced
    • Glaze
    • 1/2 cup honey
    • 50g unsalted butter

    Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C and grease a loaf tin. Heat the rum and dates in a small saucepan just to the boil, then let cool and strain, reserved dates and liquid.
    2. With a mixer, cream the butter and both sugars until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time while beating. Sift together the flour, cinnamon, cloves, bicarb soda, nutmeg and salt then add to the batter alternately with the apple sauce, beating until just combined. Fold in dates and walnuts.
    3. Pour batter into loaf tin, cover with foil and bake 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake 20 minutes more. Let cool in the tin.
    4. Make a glaze by combining the reserved rum with the honey and 50g butter in a saucepan. Bring to the boil then drizzle over the still warm cake.

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