Date and Orange Loaf Recipe

Date and Orange Loaf Recipe

This Date and Orange Loaf Recipe was one of the first things that I made John several centuries ago and we’ve just found it on a piece of very faded paper in an unused saucepan for some reason!

I’ve noticed that my handwriting was a lot neater in those days.

A light moist loaf cake with a hint of citrus.

Ingredients for Date and Orange Loaf:

  • 8 oz chopped dates
  • 6 oz soft brown sugar
  • 4 fl. oz water
  • Grated rind of 1 orange
  • 8 oz self-raising flour
  • 3 oz margarine (or butter)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 rounded teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

Method for Date and Orange Loaf:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 4 (350F/180C)
  2. Grease a loaf tin 8 ½” x 4″ (2 ½ pints)
  3. Put dates and water into a saucepan, simmer gently until pulpy.
  4. Add sugar, stir until dissolved.
  5. Remove from heat, add margarine (or butter), beat well.
  6. Add grated orange rind and juice.
  7. Cool for a few minutes then beat in the egg.
  8. Sieve flour and cinnamon together and add a little at a time to date mixture.
  9. Pour into prepared tin and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes until ready.
Posted in Fruit, Vegetarian Recipes, Sweet Loaves, Buns and Biscuits, All Recipes, Oranges
3 comments on “Date and Orange Loaf Recipe
  1. Mangerati says:


    I did publish a somehow more complicated orange and date loaf recipe a while ago. Take a look, but I think yours is probably easier and better…

  2. Noisette says:

    Hi, I love this recipe. I’ve never used this method of cake baking before but it turns out really well. However, I find that it doesn’t need as long as recommended – in my circa-fan oven it only takes around 40 minutes and also unless I cover the top with baking paper, it burns. Great tasting cake though and lovely and moist. Very Christmassy!

  3. rw says:

    Loved this recipe, just the right amount of flavour and texture. I used mixed spice instead of cinnamon. Will definitely be making it again!

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