Four Ingredient Date Loaf

If you don’t have a 4 Ingredients cookbook I definitely recommend getting one. Lots of really simple recipes, and because of the limited ingredients you’re likely to already have what you need for a given recipe. This date loaf was one of my most successful attempts at healthier baking, and it was super easy.

You know how sometime you’re just in the mood for cake. But then that little voice in your head butts in asking you if you really need cake, and maybe you should have some fruit instead. This date loaf is the perfect comeback for that annoying little voice. Not only does it have fruit in it, but it’s not technically cake. And it’s delicious!

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First up preheat your oven to 180°C. Then soak your chopped up dates in the boiling water for about half an hour. While you’re waiting for the dates to soak up the liquid start on the butter. Chop it into chunks and leave it on the bench to soften for a while. When the butter is soft use an egg beater to beat it until it’s light. Add in the eggs one at a time beating until just combined with the butter.

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Don’t worry if the mixture starts to separate the flour with bring everything back together. By this point the dates should have soaked up most of the liquid. Add the butter and egg mixture to the dates and mix slightly. Add the flour in two batches mixing well after each addition. Scrape the mixture into a baking paper lined loaf tin and pop in the preheated over for 40-45 mins.

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I made this loaf for afternoon tea and it was gone by dinner. It was incredibly moreish and every time you walked past it in the kitchen you felt the need to cut yourself a slice.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup of dried dates
  • 1/3 boiling water
  • 90g of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of wholemeal self-raising flour

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C.
  2. Soak your chopped up dates in the boiling water for about half an hour.
  3. Chop the butter into chunks and leave it on the bench to soften for a while. When the butter is soft use an egg beater to beat it until it’s light.
  4. Add in the eggs one at a time beating until just combined with the butter. Don’t worry if the mixture starts to separate the flour with bring everything back together.
  5. By this point the dates should have soaked up most of the liquid. Add the butter and egg mixture to the dates and mix slightly.
  6. Add the flour in two batches mixing well after each addition.
  7. Scrape the mixture into a baking paper lined loaf tin and pop in the preheated over for 40-45 mins.

 

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