Date and Orange Loaf …

Date and Orange Loaf 001

This Date and Orange Loaf is a delightful combination of flavours. Once again I’ve used my two favourite smaller loaf tins for this recipe. They are just the perfect size and I find I get a more consistent texture through each of the loaves. I bought them from Daiso and use them a lot when I bake. They measure 18 cm long x 8.5 cm wide x 6 cm deep. You could bake this as a single loaf in a larger tin but you would need to adjust the cooking times and bake these for a little longer to cook them all the way through … maybe an extra 10 – 15 minutes. Once cooked, allow the loaves to cool completely, slice and then bag individually in zip lock bags. Pop them in the freezer and they’ll be ready to add to lunchboxes … enjoy!

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Date and Orange Loaf …
Ingredients …
  • 1 ½ cups chopped fresh dates (approximately 250 g)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup castor sugar
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 3 tablespoons orange zest
Method …
  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease 2 small loaf tins (measuring 18 cm long x 8.5 cm wide x 6 cm deep) and then line the base and two sides with baking paper.
  2. Combine chopped dates, water and butter in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 – 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine self-raising flour, baking power and castor sugar and stir to combine.
  4. Add egg, vanilla essence and orange zest to cooled date mixture and stir to combine.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well to combine.
  6. Spoon the mixture evenly into the two prepared loaf tins. Bake for approximately 35 minutes until nicely browned on the top. To test the loaves are cooked, insert a skewer into the centre of the loaf which should come out cleanly. Allow the loaves to stand in the tins for approximately 5 minutes before placing on a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Once cooled, the loaves can be sliced and frozen in individual serves.

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  1. It’s perfect weather for staying home and baking a loaf! I think my mother used to make something very similar to this. I do remember dried dates being very popular in recipes back then xx

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