This Date Loaf is rich, moist and so delicious! A classic recipe right from Grandma’s recipe box.
Dates have been used in baking for many, many years, and for some reason over time they slowly became a forgotten ingredient. I know when most people think of dates and desserts, they are immediately taken back to their Grandmother’s kitchens. But I think it’s time to resurrect the date and give it the proper limelight it deserves, especially when it comes to baking. There’s just something absolutely delicious and irresistible about dates in desserts.
Dates are nutritious, high in fibre, naturally sweet and very very delicious! Recently I’ve started to add dates to my regular baking pantry checklist. I like to keep at least 1 or 2 blocks on hand for last minute Chewy Date Oat Bar cravings and for times when I want to make this Delicious Date Loaf.
This Date Loaf is loaded with dates, making it rich and moist. In fact, this recipe uses an entire 500 gram brick of dried dates! Delicious. I like to serve this loaf lightly warm with a smathering of butter. I just pop a slice in the microwave for about 10 seconds and eat it for breakfast in the morning with a cup of coffee…so so good.
Date Loaf Recipe Tips:
- The dates that I use to make this are the ones you buy in a block (brick) that you can find in the baking aisle of your grocery store. I buy the 500 gram blocks and use the whole thing for this recipe.
- You can cook the dates several days ahead of time, and keep them in your fridge until you are ready to use them.
- Feel free to add nuts to this recipe. Walnuts are particularly delicious. I would add 1/2 to 1 cup, depending on how nutty you would like your loaf to be.
- I have listed the baking time for this recipe as 1 hour and 15 minutes. Sometimes this loaf takes a little longer to bake than I expect, I think because of the dates and how dense they are. I would start checking your loaf at the 1 hour mark and see how it is. I have had to bake some loaves for almost 1 1/2 hours. Use a toothpick inserted into the centre of your cake to check for doneness.
- This loaf keeps well for a few days. I store mine in an air tight container on my counter.
- This loaf freezes well.
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Have a delicious day!