Date, banana & rum loaf

Date, banana & rum loaf

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Cuts into 10 slices

A tasty cake with no added fat or sugar - try it to believe it. Plus it's easily made gluten-free

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Gluten-free
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
310
protein
5g
carbs
57g
fat
8g
saturates
1g
fibre
3g
sugar
49g
salt
0.39g

Ingredients

  • 250g pack stoned, ready-to-eat dates
  • 2 small or 1 large bananas (140g/5oz in weight)
  • 100g pecans, 85g/3oz roughly chopped, rest left whole
  • 200g raisins
  • 200g sultanas
  • 100g fine polenta
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 2 tsp baking powder (use gluten-free if needed)
  • 3 tbsp dark rum
  • 2 egg whites
  • a few banana chips and 1 tsp sugar (optional), to decorate

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line a 900g/2lb loaf tin with non-stick baking paper, using a little oil to make it stick. Put the dates into a small pan with 200ml boiling water and simmer for 5 mins. Drain the liquid into a jug, then put the dates into a food processor. Add the bananas and 100ml of the date liquid and whizz until smooth. Mix the nuts, dried fruit, polenta, spice and baking powder in a bowl, then add the date purée and rum, and stir until combined.
  2. Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks and fold into the cake mix. Tip into the tin (it will be quite full), then top with the remaining pecans and the banana chips and sugar, if using. Bake for 1 hr until golden and crusty and a skewer comes out clean. Cool completely before cutting into slices.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2008

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alicla's picture
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I made this today because I wanted a new Gluten free recipe, I baked it as a tray bake, it made 12 generous slices and it tastes lovely. I baked it at 155c in my combi microwave oven for 30 minutes. I didn't put any of the topping on except a pecan half for each slice. Yum I'll be making this again very soon.

ninarose's picture
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One of my aboslute favourites! So easy to make, still tastes great after a few days and can easily be frozen.

Will try the oatmeal version next time as my local supermarket only does ready made polenta.

skye38's picture
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I found this recipe extremely easy and the resulting cake utterly delicious. I will definately make this again.

homemadesoup's picture
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Not bad for a low fat cake. Doesn't cut that well, a bit crumbly. Lovely and sweet though. Other cooks comments helpful with improving the recipe.

juliebahrain's picture
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Couldn't wait to make this cake as so much had been written about it. What a lot of whizzing, mixing and whisking and what a lot of washing up! I took the opportunity to use up various packets of dried fruit: lots of sultanas, some dried prunes and even some Craisins (dried cranberries), I used flakes almonds both inside and on the top of the cake and I used orange juice instead of rum. My cake cooked fine but took at least 15mins longer than the recipe stated. The outcome is a moist, crumbly cake which is rather sweet, perhaps if I had used pecans or walnuts it might be less sweet.

clairegerrard's picture
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I finally made a date cake that wasn't date, honey and walnut and I must say this is about to become another favourite. I made quite a few compromises, mixed dried fruit instead of sultanas and raisins, walnuts instead of peacans and mocha spirit instead of rum. Oh and flour! I didn't top the cake with anything.
I must say it was delicious. Making it again tomorrow for when my parents come to stay.

spownall's picture
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As wheat intolerant it is always good to give a cake recipe a try. I've done this one a few times and found it easy to make.

sspink's picture
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Love this cake. Couldn't get polenta so used ground rice. Used brandy instead of rum.

homemaker's picture

I am a complete novice baker but the appealing photo on the front of good food magazine encouraged me to try this recipe. I followed the instructions to a T and am pleased to advise that it was a complete success. I will certainly be using this recipe again. I note that someone else has commented that this is a low GI recipe and I was amazed that the cake tasted so sweet, but can someone advise whether it is suitable for diabetics. Presumably the high level of fructose from the dried fruit means that it isn't ?

smpdit's picture
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quite a nice cake. except I have decided I don't like cakes with nuts in. Would make it again without the nuts. didn't bother with the toppings
Very similar to the allbran cake!

rackeech's picture
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Used 2 one pound loaf tins. This reduced the cooking time to 45 minutes. I didn't use the banana chips. I loosely put a baking parchment on top of the tins after 30 minutes. Froze on loaf/defrost it in the fridge overnight. Perfect taste and texture for both. Next time I will try to cook it in a muffin tray. This will make a healthy school snack.

wendy2997's picture
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My fiancé and I really enjoyed this - and we aren't fruitcake lovers by any means. I used apricots and cranberries instead of the sultanas. It was moist and so tasty, I look forward to making it again. I will try substituting ground flax instead of the egg whites.

richardandkerry's picture
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Great cake, easy to make and enjoyed by everyone, including my two year old daughter !

maziminor's picture

I cooked this recipe for my sister and used cherries in place of raisins. Tasted great, i also read katy's comments and also cooked it at the same temprature as a victoria spounge and reduced the time to 50 mins. The family loved it i'll cook this recipe again and have added it to my binded its great A++++++ Maziminor.

sasibbit's picture
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Made this cake as I always have browning bananas. I had to keep checking the recipe because I was sure I must have forgotten to add the butter and sugar! I was able to have a slice without feeling guilty, and it delicious. And my husband loved it too.

kate123's picture

A fantastic cake and so easy to make even my 3 year old helped! We substituted the polenta for finely ground oatmeal. Cooked it for 50 mins at the same temperature as a victoria sponge.

helenlambert's picture
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Used oatmeal instead of polenta. Baked it twice now & both times its come out great - a real winner

stella123's picture
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I also made this cake. It is delicious. Tastes even better after a few days. Will definitely make it again. Does anyone know if this cake can be frozen ?

willemina's picture
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This cake turned out fantastically moist and not at all burnt, baked on the lowest set of runners in the Baking Oven of my AGA, for 1 full hour.
I topped the cake with the pecans only, because I somehow felt that the banana chips might burn.
My husband & son were absolutely delighted and I will definitely make this cake again.

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