The Kitchen's date and coconut loaf

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Photo: Pam Jones
Photo: Pam Jones
The Kitchen's date and coconut loaf

Makes 2 loaves
can also be made as baby cakes in large muffin tins

2 cups water
2 cups chopped dates

2 Tbsp baking soda
3 cups flour
2½ cups caster sugar
250g butter melted
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla essence
2 cups diced apples

1⅓ cup brown sugar
120g butter
2 cups shredded coconut
175ml milk

Bring water to the boil and add the dates, boil for two minutes, remove from stove. Add baking soda, set aside.

In a separate bowl add remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour in the hot date mixture and mix well then pour into two lined loaf tins (or large muffin tins).

Bake at 150degC for 45-50 minutes.

Mix all topping ingredients in a pot until butter melts.

Divide equally on top of loaves or baby cakes and return to oven for a further 15-20 minutes.

Recipe requested by Paula Nicholls, of Queenstown. Recipe supplied by The Kitchen (formerly the Tin Goose Cafe), in Cromwell.

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