Rating: 4.88 stars
127 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 115
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

An easy and quick date nut loaf served with a warm brown sugar sauce.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
10 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 - 9x5 inch loaf pan
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring dates and water to a boil. Stir in 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup sugar until melted. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda. Let cool for 10 minutes.

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  • Place date mixture into a large bowl. Blend in flour, eggs and vanilla. Stir in chopped walnuts. Pour batter into prepared pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. Serve slices with Warm Sauce.

  • To make Warm Sauce: In a saucepan over medium heat, combine 1/4 cup butter with cream and brown sugar. Heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and sugar is dissolved.

Nutrition Facts

386 calories; protein 4.2g; carbohydrates 48.4g; fat 20.9g; cholesterol 55.1mg; sodium 198.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (101)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2006
This a delicious, MOIST date nut cake. I never thought I would find one! The only change I made was I substituted 1/2 C. of the water for 1/2 C. brandy. This made it awesome! Yummmmmmmy! Thank you for submitting this recipe. Susan in NC Read More
(70)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/24/2017
I made this although I already have a date nut loaf recipe. This recipe needs spicing up otherwise it's too bland. I added 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp allspice which in my view improves it a lot. Read More
(6)
127 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 115
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2006
This a delicious, MOIST date nut cake. I never thought I would find one! The only change I made was I substituted 1/2 C. of the water for 1/2 C. brandy. This made it awesome! Yummmmmmmy! Thank you for submitting this recipe. Susan in NC Read More
(70)
Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2008
Wow! Soooo good! Will now be a repeat treat for me. I subbed 1/2 the flour with whole wheat flour and cut out 1/4 cup of the sugar. I think this recipe is a bit mislabeled as a "cake" because it's the texture of a sweet bread. Also watch the bake time; mine was a bit dry and I only baked it for 40 minutes. Read More
(35)
Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2004
this was so good i substituted 1/2 cup of brown sugar for some of white sugar for a darker color. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2008
This is my first attempt at baking since I became disabled 6 years ago. I was excited to see this recipe was simple, Oh, forgot, I had to use hazel nuts since that is all I had. It turned out quite good in spite of me. :) Thank you for giving me my confidence back when it comes to baking! I even posted a pic! Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
08/21/2011
Delicious flavour...ate it straight out of the oven; crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, a bit crumbly but not complaining. I didn't bother with the sauce, sounds delicious but don't need the extra calories! Would make a lovely dessert with it tho. I used a bit less sugar, some whole wheat flour and added a few extra dates and nuts; also used a medium sized sauce pan and after mixing the date mixture, just added the flour etc to the saucepan...voila saved washing that extra bowl. Thanks for the yummy recipe, will make many times I'm sure. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2011
Very good loaf. I cut sugar to 3/4 cup, exchange 1/4 cup water with Captain Morgan Spiced Rum which I marinated the dates in for a couple hours, used 2 tsp rum flavor instead of vanilla. Also cut back the butter a bit, maybe 2 tablespoons. Baked for 40 minutes. Turned out very moist & tasty. When cooking the dates, don't allow all the liquid to cook out. Bring them to boil, stir in sugar & butter, then remove from stove. Makes for moist loaf. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2005
This cake was a hit at our christmas party. I added little nutmeg and ground cloves to the batter and it really turned out well. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2008
I was cleaning out the freezer and found 1/2 a box of dates and 1/2 pkg. of pecans. Got on here and searched for a date nut loaf and this one was the recipe I decided on. I was going to take this to the school tomorrow and put it in the teacher's lounge but I just had to get into it. I was so suprised---it is amazing! I have eaten 1/2 the loaf already. I can't really taste the dates its more of a nut loaf but maybe that is because I subbed pecans for walnuts. But still---amazing! Very sweet and moist! Had with several afternoon cups of tea (: Thanks for the post! Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2002
I broiled stlitely the brown sugar sauce to make it just a little crispy and it was the best date loaf I ever had. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/24/2017
I made this although I already have a date nut loaf recipe. This recipe needs spicing up otherwise it's too bland. I added 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp allspice which in my view improves it a lot. Read More
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