Preheat oven 180c/350f
8 oz. pitted dates
1 1/4 cup boiling water
1 1/2 firmly packed brown sugar
6 tablespoons butter
1 egg beaten
2 1/4 cups sifted flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
Cut dates into small pieces. Place into a medium bowl and cover with boiling water. Stir in sugar and butter. Cool and stir in beaten egg.
Sift flour, baking soda and salt together. Stir into date mixture until blended. Pour into greased loaf pan and let stand for 15 minutes.
Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes.Test for doneness at 1 hour.
Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Turn out onto wire rack. Cool.
Wrap in foil and refrigerate overnight.