Just call me Bev: Date loaf

When I heard that Maxabella was planning on a road trip down south I just knew that she just had to pop in for a cuppa either on the way down or back up and what do you know? She was kind enough to accept {much to her mother’s dismay that she was meeting someone she met online}. Thank goodness it’s not just my Mum that panics about that! I excitedly said that I would bake, which meant that I actually had to bake, so I did. Just that. I baked! I found this recipe on Naughty Shorts blog earlier in the week and knew I had to give it a go at some stage – this was the perfect excuse.

Date Loaf
4 cups of pitted dates {chopped}
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups boiling water
120 grams butter
3 and a half cups self raising flour
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
2 teaspoons baking powder

This makes 2 loaves (one to eat, one to freeze and or, eat)

: Chop the dates into smallish sizes. I ended up using a whole 500gm packet.

: Add dates, butter {cut into small squares} sugar into a large mixing bowl

: Pour in boiling water & vanilla essence and mix until butter melted and all combined

: Add in the sifted flour and baking powder

: Mix until combined

: Pour into lined loaf tins. Somehow I owned 2(!) of these tins even though I have never made a loaf anything before!
: Throw into 180 degree oven for 30 minutes

: Have with tea {it’s OK Rob, it’s just hot water that she’s having}

: And with lashings of butter

: And with good company – of course!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15049049486292603860 Miss T

    The most civilised child in history, drinking a cup of lady grey from a porcelain mug. tremendous.
    T xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09703082768846184281 The Beetle Shack

    the most beautiful photo of maxabella!! i assume my invite was held up with aust. post- it’ll arrive any day. ;)


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09334181966209041832 Corinne – Daze of My Life

    Fabulous on all counts!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15761220164069379437 Maxabella

    I can attest that the date loaf was delish (and moist, very moist). And how excited was I to be sitting in “the chair”? Did it embarrass you a little when I kept raving on about feeling like I was on a movie set? I’ve just been immersed in your gorgeous house completely via your blog and then… there I was! Bit giddy with it all.

    Thank you both for a lovely morning, such a fabulicious start to my trucking adventure. x

    PS – how could I have forgotten to ask “does my butt look big in this chair”????

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13272090974052486539 Mrs Woog

    Fucking bitches! Where was my invite…. xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16423155273754490984 GTV Diaries

    Looks delicious. I’m grocery shopping this morning so i’ll add dates to the list. Thx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15999271127735997770 Naturally Carol

    I am so excited..that’s the first time I’ve actually seen Maxabella..great picture..georgeous hair! How much fun would that have been, date loaf and all.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09345662692259541964 Kymmie

    Oh, your date loaf looks delicious as does your proper little lovely, AND your divine house guest.

    Glad you had a lovely time together. Dinner on Friday night with the lovely Maxabella in Melbourne! xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02190695242707409677 Ms Styling You

    Jealous thought no.1: You got to meet Maxabella.
    Jealous thought no.2: Maxabella got to meet your home.
    Jealous thought no.3: Could really go a piece of that date loaf. Like right now.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16376864098492915312 Kakka

    Now if I come to visit I hope you bake for me too. That date loaf looks delicious. What a great photo of Maxabella and how cool that you got to meet IRL.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06223703457969469862 joanna

    yum, thanks…off to make some now!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17735492770594090264 Belinda

    I want a invite! x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08069990328770303361 Michele

    Have been saving my pennies for one of Naughty Shorts’ tea dresses – and when I finally do I think I will be whipping up some date loaf and a pot of tea to celebrate in style. Glad you 2 got to meet. Love Maxabellas comment re movie set and sitting in THE CHAIR (btw I love that chair). And Mrs Woog – your comment is a classic. Babymac I think you need to start a series. Like the old Salon days. You can have people over to tea and entertain and then tell us all about it on your blog. PS Love the Bev posts where you get in touch with your inner-CWAness.

    Go Beth!

  • Nikki

    Hi! first time reader & a new hobby to pass the Winter by with the newbie! Love your plates ESP. the Lovely Ladybug can you let me know where I could purchase?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02005492484650666091 BabyMac

    Hi Nikki! I got the plates from this shop in Newtown Sydney but they can also be bought online. LOVE them! http://www.made590.com.au/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17751001700549851045 LionessLady

    Love seeing two blogging worlds collide! And Maxabella looks Fabulous in the ‘Chair’!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02743336097657087832 Jane

    Priceless. I’ve been looking forward to this post. What a chin-wag that must have been! J x

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11937511046069347576 edenland

    I love Maxabella, you, your house …. and most of all, your moist date. LOAF.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12300961546795965857 Jodie Ansted

    I am tres jealous. JEALOUS!

    Your house always looks soooo neat and tidy. My house rarely looks like that. *sigh*


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09554122579485306611 Simoney

    Me too! Jealous that is.
    Getting to have Maxabella for Tea.
    PS love The Chair.

  • Jessica

    I just made some of the date loaf… so moorish, and quick to make too. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07422068499429667636 Posie Patchwork

    Yay, she’s so much fun isn’t she?? Meeting bloggie friends is so fantastic, love Posie

  • http://pinterest.com/goddessmel/recipes-to-try/ GoddessMel

    Have been wondering what to do to use up some dates – will definitely be making this today :)

  • Alex Wernbacher

    Love egg-free recipes! Thanks Beth, my seeeriously egg allergic daughter will be having this very soon! Although what’s the bet she wont eat it, bloody 3 year olds…