Moist date loaf

The original recipe had no spices or walnuts, leave them out if you like but we think they make it better.



  • 2 cups chopped dried dates
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups brown or white sugar (I use brown)
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 large egg, whisked


Preheat oven to 180 C and line a 24cm loaf tin (or 2 smaller tins) with baking paper or butter and dust with a little flour.
Put dates, water, butter and sugar into a large  saucepan and bring to the boil.
Remove from the heat and add the walnuts and then the gradually add the flour combined with spices and baking soda, Beat well after each addition.  Lastly mix in the egg.
Mix thoroughly and spoon into the loaf tin.
Bake 45-50 minutes

*Any dried fruit can be used instead of dates

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14 thoughts on “Moist date loaf

  1. Is 3 cups of flour correct? Seems to be a lot, I added 2 cups and my mixture was very dough like. i ‘ll let you now how it comes out of the oven.

  2. Made today. Used 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, added cinnamon, mixed spice, walnuts and 2 tablespoons of cumquat marmalade. Seriously delicious. Made to take on holiday, but we have nearly finished one already!! Husband suggests that next time I use pineapple and chopped ginger. Sounds good to me.

  3. I made two loaves today. I used less sugar and added apricot and mango jam. Also my dates were the processed dates filled with almonds that I had in abundance. It came out super moist and lovely.

    Thank you for the guidelines.

  4. I made the lovely date loaves today, but when putting the recipe together thought that 2 cups of Sugar was very high? The loaves came out beautifully, but they are very sweet. I am really supposed to put in 2 cups of Sugar? I will make the recipe again with 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of chopped crystalised ginger and see how that goes. I did add 1/2 tspn of Cinnamon with each cup of flour (1-1/2 tspns in all) and the flavour is super. I am into using Cinnamon every chance I get after reading it is good to lower Cholesterol.

  5. I just made this.

    Has to be one of the tasiest loaves I have ever had.
    I did chop the dates and next time I wont.
    I also added mixed spice and cinnamon.

    Will be making this again and again,.