Grandma's note: "Recipe given to me in the early 50's - a good one!")
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 30-35mins
1 cup dates - (cut each one for stones!)
3/4 to 1 cup sugar
30g butter (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
1 cup boiling water
2 teapsoons baking soda
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 cups flour
Oven 180degC. Combine dates, sugar, butter, baking soda and boiling water in one bowl and let sit and melt butter. Mix to stir up. In larger bowl sift flour, then add wet ingredients and add egg and vanilla essence. Pour into paper lined loaf tin. 30-35mins or until skewer tests clean.
Try not to eat it all before it cools down!