Whole Wheat Date Orange and Prune Loaf

I never imagined I would enjoy eating a whole wheat cake the way I did, this one. It was so good, I have since been making it at least once a week. Prunes and dates are a good combination, please do not mess up the combo. Have a great week!

Wholemeal Date Orange and Prune Loaf

Ingredients

  • 325g (2½ cups) wholemeal flour
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 125g (4.5oz, 8tbsp, ½ cup + 1 tbsp) margarine (or unsalted butter), room temperature
  • Zest of 1 medium orange
  • 150g  (¾ cup) sugar 
  • 2 eggs
  • 180ml (¾ cup) freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 125g (4.5oz) chopped prunes (to be folded in later)
  • 125g (4.5oz) chopped dates (to be folded in later)
  • 6 extra dates sliced into halves lengthwise to decorate the top

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 330ºF (165ºC) ten minutes before baking. Grease and line the base of a 9 x 5-inch (23 x 13cm) loaf pan. Sift or whisk  the flour and baking powder. Make sure the butter or margarine is soft.
  2. Combine all ingredients (except prunes and dates) in the bowl of your stand mixer and mix on low speed until everything is combined. Beat on medium speed for 1-1½ minutes until the batter is smooth and pale in colour. Stir in the prunes and dates.
  3. Transfer the  batter into the  prepared pan and decorate the top with the extra dates. Bake 50-70 minutes or until golden on top and a skewer inserted in the  middle comes out clean. Set aside for 5 minutes before transferring on a cooing rack.
  4. For cup measures: spoon the flour into the cup, heaping it up over the top, then slide a knife across the top to level off the extra. Be careful not to shake or tap the cup to settle down the flour or you will have more than you need. I use a 240ml American cup.

Points to Note

  • Please note that oven temperatures are given as a guideline only. You may need to add or reduce the suggested temperature depending on your oven. I baked the cake at 330ºF (165ºC)  for 75 minutes.

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Step By Step Photos

Please assemble all ingredients before you start. Sift or whisk  the flour and baking powder.

Combine all ingredients (except prunes and dates) in the bowl of your stand mixer and mix on low speed until everything is combined.

Beat on medium speed for 1-1½ minutes until mixture is smooth and pale in colour. Stir in the prunes and dates.

Transfer the  batter into the  prepared pan. I decorated the top with sliced dates.

and bake 50-70 minutes or until golden on top and a skewer inserted in the  middle comes out clean. Set aside for 5 minutes before transferring on a cooing rack.

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Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

2 thoughts

  1. Have you tried this recipe with All Purpose flour, or with bread flour? I have 3 types of flour in my diminutive kitchen already, I’d rather not add another.

    1. I have not but I am sure it will work well with all purpose flour as well. It will also be fine with bread flour because whole wheat flour is also high in protein like bread flour. Please give me a feedback. Have a great weekend!
      Liz

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