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!


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

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


  3. Fabulous on all counts!

  4. 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”????

  5. Fucking bitches! Where was my invite…. xx

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. yum, thanks…off to make some now!

  12. I want a invite! x

  13. 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!

  14. 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?

  15. 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/

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

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

  18. Perfection!

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


  20. I am tres jealous. JEALOUS!

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


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

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

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

  24. Have been wondering what to do to use up some dates – will definitely be making this today 🙂

  25. Alex Wernbacher says

    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…

  26. In USA, from Oz, looking for recipe for date loaf. Took Bev & Rob as signs. My sister was Bev. I am Robyn. Just have to try this one.

  27. This design is wicked! You definitely know how to keep a reader amused.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to
    start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Wonderful job.
    I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it.
    Too cool!

  28. Sam Leader says

    I made this and it was amazing. Modified it slightly by adding tea instead of water. I did! And it was good. Keep turning out the good stuff from your kitchen Beth/Bev – we ❤️it!


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