It is important to use the correct dates, dark and soft like Medjool, to keep this loaf moist.
By Jehanne Ali
The best part of making this loaf is it does not require any mixer, and only 2 bowls. One for soaking the dates and the other to combine all the remaining ingredients. The most important step is actually choosing the right kind of dates, and soaking them until mushy. This step will ensure the cake is moist, with uniform distribution of dates and not clumpy.
I highly recommend Medjool dates, as they are sweet and soft. If you don’t have Medjool then choose dates which are soft, and darker in colour as they tend to be sweeter.
How long to soak the dates for? Roughly it should only takes 30 minutes for soft dates to be mushy, but eye ball the mixture for shorter or longer if needed. You can add bicarbonate soda on the date mixture, but I personally prefer adding that to the flour and sift both together.
As this cake really takes around half an hour of preparation, do preheat the oven as you begin your preparation. Most oven generally requires around 20 minutes to reach to ideal temperature. Do try out this loaf, versatile enough to be made into mini loaves, perfect for homemade gifts or for Eid celebration parties.
Jehanne is an enthusiastic baker, food blogger, mother and wife all in one. She swaps her scalpel from her day job as a doctor to kitchen utensils in the evening and creates magical treatment of healthy treats for her family, which she shares in her blog, The Cooking Doctor. She is a firm advocate of healthy eating and always believes that honest and healthy food will steer you clear from the doctors.