Pop’s Date Loaf

My grandfather was a really good cook; always homestyle; always delicious. When I did my first solo trip to Lord Howe Island, he sent me packing with two Date Loaves, frozen, wrapped in foil.

Super easy to make, ideal for cooking with kids, and versatile, you can use it as a tea cake, fry it in butter or in the microwave for breakfast, or serve it hot with ice cream for a pud. Slice it hot and then freeze it to be defrosted for a snack or breakfast when you are running late for work. I think the original recipe came from the side of a bi carb of soda package, c 1960. Pop’s been gone for many years, but I still have the cutting of the side of the box.

On that first trip to LHI, I snacked on it on the way over, and served the second one hot as a dessert at a pot luck dinner on another yacht, called Le Boheme.

An added advantage is that it is almost completely made of pantry staples.


  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 heaped teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of bi-carb of soda
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of cinnamon *
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of allspice *
  • 1 and ½ cups of self raising flour

* optional, but highly recommended for a spicy cake


Combine all of the ingredients, except the flour, in a bowl. Pour on ¾ cup of boiling water, and stir to combine. Sift in the flour (N.B. I never sift, just throw it in and stir well). Transfer to a greased loaf tin and bake for ¾ of an hour in a moderate oven (or until a skewer inserted into the loaf comes out clean).

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