"Recipes are meant to be shared"...Ann Thibeault

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Date and Macadamia Nut Slice


Call it what you will - Date and Nut Loaf, Cake, slice - whatever you call it, it is a favourite here.  I love making it in the morning to have with coffee. 

Moe loves it warm, almost right out of the oven. 
But I prefer it after it has had a chance to cool.   

It is a very moist cake and wonderful topped with cream cheese.

The latest version was made with roasted macadamia nuts with the addition of coconut.   Topped with a buttery glaze.

Please visit Sweet As Sugar Cookies and participate in Sweets for a Saturday.

Date and Walnut Loaf

Adapted from Kate in the Kitchen

 2 1/2 cups chopped dates
 1/4 cup butter
 1  cups boiling water
 1/2 cup sour cream
 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
 1 egg
 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
 1 teaspoon baking soda
 1 teaspoon baking powder
 1 teaspoon salt
 2 teaspoons vanilla
 1 cup coarsely chopped toasted     

 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees F). Grease and flour a
9×5 inch loaf pan. (or three small loaf pans.

Combine the dates, baking soda and butter in a large bowl. Pour boiling
water over them, stir and let stand until cool.

When the dates have cooled, stir in brown sugar, egg, sour cream and
vanilla. Stir until well blended.  Mix together the flour,  baking
powder, and salt; stir into the date mixture until just blended. Do not
over mix. Pour into the prepared pan.

Bake for 50 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a wooden pick
inserted into the center comes out clean.

If using mini loaf pans reduce baking time.


Add 1/2 cup of shredded coconut to the mix
Bake in an 8 or 9 inch square cake pan (Springform)
Substitute Roasted Macadamia Nuts

Glaze warm cake with:

1/2 stick butter
1/8 cup of honey or agave syrup
1 tablespoon water


  1. Ann..wow.. looks more than melt-in-your mouth!

  2. Oh, that looks delightful. I am thinking this would be a great way to start a day!

  3. Oh this would be fab with and evening coffee, love it

  4. My dad would have loved this Ann. Anything with dates in it.
    It's really a lovely gooey cake...and with a crunch of macadamias, yum!

  5. How moist and lovely! I'd love a slice with my morning tea :)

  6. That buttery glaze alone would be enough to get me out of bed. The fact that the glaze is on such a delicious looking piece of cake makes it even better. I have a new linky on my blog called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by this weekend and link this up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/01/sweets-for-saturday-1_21.html

  7. What a great combination - perfect with my morning coffee!

  8. I love macademia nuts and hardly see them in recepies. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Thanks so much for linking this up with Sweets for a Saturday. I truly appreciate your support. Hope to see you again next week. By then I promise that the button will actually work. I finally figured it out.


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