Southern Cola-Date Loaf

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16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)


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1 1/4 cups cola
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 (8-ounce) package whole pitted dates, chopped
2 tablespoons strong brewed coffee
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
Vegetable cooking spray


Bring the cola to a boil in a large saucepan. Remove from heat; stir in brown sugar, oil, and dates. Let cool completely. Stir in coffee and egg, and set aside.

Combine flour and next 7 ingredients (flour through salt) in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture. Add cola mixture to dry ingredients, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan, and let cool completely on a wire rack.

Note: Loaves can also be made in 2 (5 x 3-inch) disposable foil pans for gift giving, if desired. Bake at 350º for 45 minutes.

Created date

October 2003

Nutritional Information

Calories 176
Caloriesfromfat 18 %
Fat 3.6 g
Satfat 0.6 g
Monofat 1.5 g
Polyfat 1.2 g
Protein 2.5 g
Carbohydrate 34.9 g
Fiber 1.8 g
Cholesterol 14 mg
Iron 1.3 mg
Sodium 126 mg
Calcium 38 mg