Date & Banana Loaf Cake

This loaf cake is copy cat of a banana and date loaf I recently had in an organic coffee shop. It was really nice and warm with lots of butter.Before serving make sure to warm it for 30 seconds in the microwave with some extra butter. The butter goes through the warm bread and gives a nice taste to it.

If you are after a healthy option try with out butter. I only used 75g butter for the whole loaf. I love this loaf with out any butter too. I love dates. These days fresh dates are available due to Ramadan season. I really want to use them in my recipes. So I am working on several more recipes. If you are a date lover wait for more uploads.

Bon Appetit!

 

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Ingredients

  • 130g dates
  • 70ml Boiling Water
  • 75g Butter
  • 240g Self Raising Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Well Ripped Bananas
  • Vanilla
  • 70g Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Bi carbonate of Soda

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c.
  2. Prepare a 6x4inch loaf pan. (You can always halve this recipe)
  3. In to a pot add the dates and the butter and bring it to  boil. After add 1/2 Tsp bicarbonate of soda and mix well and leave aside.
  4. Add banana, brown sugar, vanilla, & eggs and mix well about 2 minutes.
  5. After add the dates and mix well. (Its all right to use slightly cold dates or medium hot)
  6. Next add the flour and mix really well scraping down the ends.
  7. Add the cake mix in to the loaf pan about 30 min to 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  8. Cool on a wire rack.
  9. Use with butter or as it is.

Rich & Moist Date Cake

I have done so many ways of doing date cakes. This is one of them. This can be used as a cake it self or even as a dessert.  dates are are less expensive and rich in lots of nutrients.  You can always serve this for dessert after pouring a bit of caramel sauce or even with cream.

When I have dates I do a big batch of them and freeze in individual snack bags. Even you can serve them with a coffee for an unexpected visitor. When buying dates its best to use fresh ones. Dried dates should be bright in colour.

Cooking dates makes it so soft and mushy to a texture which is ideal  for a cake.  It makes the cake  very soft and moist too. All you need to do is to mix everything in the same pot  and pour it to a tray. Hope you will enjoy!

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Rich & Moist Date Cake

Ingredients

  • 600g Dates
  • 160ml Cold water
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 11/2 Cups self raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarb
  • 100g Brown sugar
  • 125g Butter

Method

  1. Add dates, water and brown sugar in to a pot and bring it to the boil.
  2. Take out and add butter and bicarb and mix well. Leave to cool.
  3. Next add eggs into a mixing bowl and beat well. Next add the flour and dates and mix well.
  4. Pour the mixture in to a 9×9 inch baking tray and bake on 180c  about 45 min.
  5. Leave on wire racks to cool completely.
  6. You can freeze this cake too.

Date Cup Cakes

Date is one of my favourite. I do use dates in my baking a lot. I got so many requests asking for date cup cakes and thought of doing it for them. After baking I had a cup of tea with that so nice and beautiful, fluffy little cakes. its really nice with out any icing or sauces. Just enough sugar for my taste. But if you like your cup cakes to be very sweet try adding a bit more sugar.

Dates are rich in fibre and lots of vitamins and minerals. If you can buy fresh dates thats the best.Its  very nice in cakes and all other sweets.

Mixing bicarbonate of soda make this cake soft and fluffy.  you can add few more grams of extra dates for this recipe too.

Cann leave this cake about a week out side in air tight container or can freeze about 3-6 months.

Ingredients

  • 200g Dates
  • 75ml water
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 50g Brown sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 100g Self raising flour
  • 50g Butter
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Method

  1. Add the dates in to a pot with water. Bring it to boil. Add bicarbonate of soda in to it. Stir and leave aside.
  2. Next add sugar and butter and mix well.
  3. Add eggs and whisk well.
  4. Add flour on a low speed and mix well.
  5. After add vanilla and dates and whisk until it breaks the dates.
  6. Pour in to muffin holes.
  7. Bake on 170c about 20-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
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