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In my quest to find nut free breads for the kids to take to school for snack time, I decided this week I was going to try my hand at a Date Loaf. I love dates, so it seemed like a good one to try next! If the boys didn’t like it, I would get to enjoy it all myself :)
When I searched for a recipe I was overwhelmed with options, and while the ingredient lists were reasonably similar, the methods were all quite different.
As regular readers will know, I’m all for easy when it comes to baking, and I was keen to find something that was as close to a ‘one bowl’ recipe as I could! I didn’t quite manage that, but by reading lots of recipes and finding the common themes, I adapted/combined a couple of different recipes – and hoped for the best!
I had also seen a recommendation to soak the dates in tea or coffee, rather than just water, so (being a big fan of tea!), I went for the tea suggestion.
The result was a rich, moist bread, although I would probably add a bit more cinnamon/spice, and definitely at least another ounce of butter, the next time.
You will need:
8oz (225g) pitted dates, roughly chopped (I used scissors to do this)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (240ml) boiling water
1 tea bag (ordinary black tea)
2 cups (260g) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (110g) light brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350F/175C.
In a large bowl mix the chopped dates with the baking soda and the butter (I roughly sliced it as I added it). Add tea bag to boiling water and allow to stew for a couple of minutes. Remove tea bag and pour water over dates. Allow to cool to room temperature (about 30 minutes).
Place the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a bowl and mix together.
Whisk the egg with the vanilla extract.
Fold the flour mixture and the beaten egg into the dates and mix well.
Pour into a greased loaf tin.
Bake for 55-65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool for 15 minutes, then turn out on to a wire rack to cool fully.
Slice and enjoy!