Serves 8


375ml Cake Flour
5ml Baking Powder
Pinch of Salt
5ml Bicarbonate of Soda
5ml Vanilla
75ml Butter
250ml Sugar
250ml Boiling Water
350ml Dates – chopped in half
75ml Pecan Nuts – chopped
1 Egg

100ml Butter
250ml Soft Brown Sugar
250ml Fresh Cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Mix dates with bicarbonate of soda in a bowl – add the boiling water and mix – let it cool.
  3. Cream the sugar and butter – add egg and mix well.
  4. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt over the egg mixture.
  5. Add nuts and vanilla – mix well.
  6. Add the dates mixture and mix well.
  7. Pour into bread pan.
  8. Bake for 1 hour – test whether it is ready before removing from oven.

For Syrup:

  1. Place brown sugar, fresh cream, and butter together in a pot, cook over low heat, and let boil for 15 minutes – watch over it at all times.
  2. Pour syrup over the bread whilst it is still in the bread pan – let the bread absorb the syrup.
  3. Serve with butter – or eat as is (it really tastes like a cake).