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Date, Carrot and Orange Spice Loaf


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  • 225g Dried Dates (Snipped into Small Pieces)
  • 125ml Water
  • 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 170g Grated Carrot
  • 125g Butter
  • Grated Zest of 1 Small Orange
  • 2 tbsp Orange Juice
  • 1 Egg Beaten
  • 175g gluten free plain flour
  • 50g Ground Almonds
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Ground Allspice


Level of difficulty Average
Cooking time 40mins
Cost Average budget


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 170C / Gas 3. Grease and line two 1lb loaf tins.

Step 2

Put the dates into a medium pan with the water and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat, stir in the bicarbonate of soda, cover with a lid and leave for around 5 minutes. The dates should absorb the water and become soft and pulpy.

Step 3

Add the butter, orange zest and juice and stir until the butter has melted. Allow to cool a little.

Step 4

Using a blender, or hand held stick blender, puree the date mixture.

Step 5

Add half the grated carrots and blend again until the carrots have a finer texture, then repeat with the rest of the grated carrot.

Step 6

Add the beaten egg.

Step 7

Sift together the flour, baking powder and allspice and add gradually to the date mixture together with the ground almonds. Mix well until smoth.

Step 8

Pour into the prepared tins and bake in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Step 9

Allow the cake to cool in the tin for around 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes two Loaves.

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