NZ Woman's Weekly

Date and sultana loaf

Ready in 1 hour and 20 minutes, makes 1 x 23cm loaf

  • 1 cup water or cold tea
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1/2 cup dates, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sultanas
  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda, sifted
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/4 tsp salt

1. Place the water, sugar, butter, golden syrup, dates and sultanas in a saucepan.

2. Bring to the boil and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Leave to cool.

3. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.

4. Add the sifted ingredients to the boiled fruit mixture and stir well.

5. Pour into a lined, greased 23cm loaf tin and bake for about an hour or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

About Annabelle White

Annabelle was born and raised in New Zealand and while she does not have formal chef’s training her love of “great honest cooking” came from watching her mother cook every day after school.

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