Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Coffee Date Loaf

With the Muslim fasting month around the corner, dried dates from various countries are now available in many supermarkets.  I received some dried dates from a friend and thought it's time that I bake this cake.  The original recipe was from A Busy Gran's Kitchen.   
As described by busy gran, this coffee date loaf is soft, moist and not so sweet.  It's healthy and delicious.  The cake was so aromatic while baking in the oven. The cake slices can be served on its' own or with a spread of butter or cream cheese.

[use 9" x 3" loaf tin lined and lightly grease the sides]
1 cup chopped dates
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
250 ml hot water mixed with 1 heap teaspoon instant coffee granules
1 large egg [1 used 2 medium eggs]
1 tbsp butter - softened [30 gm]
50 gm castor sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
225 gm self raising flour - sifted

  1. Place dates in a bowl.  Add in bicarbonate of soda then pour in hot water.  Mix and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk butter, sugar and eggs.  Add in vanilla essence and fold in the flour.  The batter is very thick.
  3. Gradually pour in the dates and beat for 2 minutes at medium speed until well combined.
  4. Pour into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake in preheated oven at 170 degrees C for 35-40 minutes or until cake is done when tested with a skewer.
  6. Remove to cool on wire rack before slicing to serve.  Eat cake on its' own or spread some butter or cream cheese.

I'm submitting this post to Little Thumbs Up June 2014 Event - Butter 
hosted by Jozelyn of Spice Up My Kitchen


Victoria Bakes said...

looks like a real moist loaf!

PH said...

Kimmy, I see boxes and boxes of dates being sold at the supermarket. Any idea why the dates are soaked in bicarbonate of soda? I saw a recipe where prunes are also soaked likewise. I wonder why?

QembarDelites said...

Hi Kimmy, I like the fact that so little butter is used, yet looks really moist and delicious...will pin this for reference.

Kimmy said...

Hi Victoria, it is soft, moist and very tasty. The sugar can be reduced if using very sweet dates.

Kimmy said...

Hi Phong Hong, I supposed it is to 'tenderise' the dates. The dates tasted good in the cake.

Kimmy said...

Hi Jeannie, I was wondering why this cake only used so little butter but it is moist. Make sure to wipe off the 'sandy' grains inside the dates before soaking in hot water.

Veronica said...

Your cake will go very well with a cup of coffee. Looks moist and delicious.

Jessie-CookingMoments said...

HI Kimmy, this recipe only calls for 1 egg & small amount of butter, sounds healthy. With dates inside, sounds even better! Thanks again for dropping by my blog earlier!

Baking Taitai said...

Kimmy, I would love to have a slice of this moist and aromatic cake with some cream cheese, please? ;)

Awayofmind Bakery Hoiuse said...

i can imaging the coffee aroma filled up your kitchen, this cake looks moist and delicious!

Zoe said...

Hi Kimmy,

I'm a big fan of date loaf too but I'm the only one in the family of 3 who eat dates! Ai ya!

Nice and moist loaf!


Kimmy said...

Hi Veronica, yes with coffee or tea is perfect.

Kimmy said...

Hi Jessie, surprisingly the cake is soft and moist especially with so much flour.

Kimmy said...

Hi Cheryl, you're right, with cream cheese or butter spread, hmmmm! definitely yummy!

Kimmy said...

Hi Tze, my neighbours could smell the aroma better than me in the house.

Kimmy said...

Hi Zoe, my hubby ate most of it cos' he stayed up late to watch World Cup.

Unknown said...

Hi, Kimmy! I remember last year I also keep some dates so that I could try to bake dates buttercake...but until now the dates still sitting in my fridge...hahaha...another year has come but I yet to bake cakes with dates...
Thanks for linking up with LTU!

Kimmy said...

Hi Jozelyn, this happens to me too. I have kept dates for a long time and usually use them for dates cookies which are good too.

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