Dates soda bread recipe to die for

On a recent trip to the library I discovered a recipe book by Nadia Hussain (winner of  The Great British Bake off 2015) ”  Nadiya’s bake me a story“. At firs glance I thought that the recipes look simple enough, so getting my 2 and a half-year old involved shouldn’t be too stressful and every recipe has a story connected. My son loves books and has a very active imagination so I thought that would be right up his street.

Here we are a couple of days later, a good read trough and I think the idea and the recipes are excellent, well researched and well tested. As the weather is improving, there will be many BBQs, garden parties and picnics to come and I think this soda bread recipe will come in very handy in the months ahead. The original recipe asks for bluberies however I decided to change it slightly and used dates instead. Exceptionally easy and very versatile, from a children’s breakfast to a relaxing evening with wine and cheese this loaf has you covered.


400g plain flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

50g castor sugar

2 tbsp olive oil

100 g dates

1 large egg

185 ml buttermilk


  1.  Preheat the oven to 180C fan/ gas mark 6 and line a baking tray with grease proof paper.
  2. Chop the dates on small pieces so they get well distributed in to the loaf.
  3. Sift the flour in to a mixing bowl, then add the baking powder, salt, sugar, olive oil, dates and stir to combine.
  4. Beat the egg with the butter milk in a separate bowl.
  5. Mix the wet ingredients in to the dry ingredients with a spatula, then gently bring the dough together by hand to form a ball. Be careful not to overwork.
  6. Place the dough on the lined tray and make two deep cuts on the top in the shape of a cross, nearly all the way trough. Bake for 30-35 min, or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the base.
  7. Remove from the oven and transfer on to a wire rack to cool.



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