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Maple date loaf

  • 0:05 Prep
  • 1:30 Cook
  • 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 60g butter, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

Method

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 170°C/150°C fan-forced. Lightly grease a 6cm-deep, 10cm x 20cm (base) loaf pan. Line base and sides with baking paper, allowing a 2cm overhang at long ends.
  • 2
    Place dates, sugar, butter, bicarbonate of soda and 1 cup cold water in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 6 to 8 minutes or until butter has melted. Bring to the boil. Remove from heat. Cool for 10 minutes.
  • 3
    Sift flour and mixed spice into a bowl. Add egg and date mixture. Fold into flour mixture. Spoon into prepared pan. Smooth surface.
  • 4
    Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted in centre comes out clean. Prick top of loaf all over with a skewer. Drizzle with maple syrup. Stand in pan for 10 minutes or until syrup has absorbed. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Serve.

Source: taste.com.au

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