Date & Apricot Ice Cream Soda Quick Loaf

During this fasting season, Muslims are advice to take more dates before they start the day. Why? Because dates contain of sugar, a concentrated source of energy. This will help the body to start its digestive process and to deal with the fasting day. Dates are also digestible which gives time to metabolize in the body. Plus, the nutrients in dates can help to protect the stomach and intestinal tract from parasites and bacteria. And dates are also high in dietary fiber which helps to prevent constipation during the fasting month. In addition, they are sodium, fat and cholesterol free. So, I ended up transform the beer bread into a 'HALAL' bread with these fabulous fruits.

And here's what I did.

Ingredients :
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tspn salt
4-1/2 tspn baking powder
1 tspn ginger powder
1 tspn nutmeg powder
3/4 cup butter, melted
12oz ice cream soda soft drinks
1 cup dates, quartered
1/2 cup dried apricot, quartered

Method :
- combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and spices into a mixing bowl.
- stir in melted butter and ice cream soda and mix untill well combined.
- add in dates & apricot and stir well.
- place batter into a 9x4" baking tray.

Finally, bake at preheated oven at 175'c for about an hour. Leave completely cool before slicing.
Now, all I need is some butter on this bread to start my day! Enjoy and have a nice day.


  1. This sounds delicious! It reminds me a lot of Irish Soda Bread that my family makes with raisins, but I think I would much prefer the dates.

  2. These look incredible! I am definitely trying this recipe!

  3. love it! You are so crafty to just whip this up from another recipe - delicious - Hope you found your butter! xoxo megan

  4. It looks really tasty... just like scones, I bet it goes well with cream and butter!^-^

    Have a nice day Kristy!

  5. Looks fantastic, but whats' ice cream soda?

  6. Growing up in NYC, a lovely date-nut bread was hugely accessible and it was one of my favorites. The Midwest has no such thing and now I am looking at your bread longingly knowing it is in my future.

  7. I didn't realize that dates were slow release foods.
    Love the sound of this bread, I bet its absolutely dreamy with all those goodies in there.
    *kisses* HH

  8. This sounds really healthy and delicious with all the dates and appricot in it! Unique recipe for bread!

  9. I love the look of the texture of the bread, looks fabulous! You are always full of such good information! I think this bread I could even bake! Is ice cream soda anything like cream soda?

  10. ooooh I wanna try this. It looks just great.

  11. Wow, how cream soda in the bread...looks so tasty. Love the idea!

  12. great recipes and great fun this week kristy! in hawaii we call the plum li hing mui and we flavor all sorts of things with it. your jelly is so pretty too. i was so impressed how flaky your roti is and the date bread is a great idea, had no idea how good date is for a person.

    happy cooking! you always look like you're having so much fun.

  13. Great idea! Love beer bread, now i have to try with soda!

  14. I love the use of the soda! I think my family would be very happy if I tried this recipe out. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Love the Quick Loaf. This loaf especially is my kinda loaf!

  16. yuuumm!! looks great and sounds delicious and healthy.

  17. I love dates! And how clever to put ice cream soda in it! So scrumptious.

  18. Ice cream soda! Nice touch. Will have to test run this then. Maybe I can use lemonade?

  19. Abbey : Hi dear, nice to see you and glad you like this recipe. Btw, how's the little one in htere?

    Mackenzie : Thank you very much!

    Megan : Haha... actually this is under some blogger request. Glad that you like it too.

    Emily : Thank you! So, you prefer this or the pizza for breakfast? hehe...

    Jess : Well, I love the flavour of the dates in this bread especially with butter on it. yumm...

    Alice : Ahhh... Juan Juan can make this one too by herself! haha... In another few months time, she get another helping hand, her little brother. Errr... I guess more hands more troubles! haha....

    Bob : Ice cream soda is a sweet, carbonated soft drink that taste like vanilla. Or you may also call it as cream soda in US.

    Claudia : Great! Hope you will enjoy the recipe.

    HH : I bet you're still hungry after taking the dates! hehe...

    jeannie : Thank you and hope you will like it.

  20. Lyndz : yes, you're absolutely right about that cream soda. You may also use 7-up or coca-cola though! Keep me inform when you tried with coke. OK! haha...

    S : Hi there, welcome to my little space and nice to meet you. Hope to hear from you omore often.

    Courtney : Thank you very much!

    Juliana : Haha... thanks alot! Glad that you like it too.

    Mille : Thanks alot for all your nice comment. I am really appreciate it. Hope you will enjoy every bit of them. Yes, I am having so much fun. ^_^

    Pigpigcorner : glad you like it too! You may try with something else like 7-up, coke or any other soft drinks!

    Bridgett : Hope you & your family will enjoy the bread!

    CoolLassi(e) : Hope you will enjoy every bit of it!

    Priscilla : Thank you!

    Reeni : Thank you! And how i wish I can send you a loaf.

    Penny : No problem, you can try with any soft drinks you want! All the best.

    Thank you everyone for visiting and spending your time with me. It's a great pleasure of having you here. Hope you are all enjoy this recipe and have fun. Enjoy your day.

    Blessings, Kristy

  21. I always love to eat dates, I never knew all the health benefits that it gives, thank you for sharing them.
    The bread looks delicious, and spread them with butter, uhmmm, great.

  22. ooo,kristy,love dates in your cake!

  23. I had no idea about dates! And I had no idea how beneficial they are during or before a day of fasting. This bread looks amazing and good enough to make myself! This is a fresh new idea that I just love.

  24. What a fantastic twist on beer bread! I love that this has dates - I love baking with them :)

  25. You are so clever and this looks delicious. We have just discovered how much we like dates so thanks for a recipe to use with them.

  26. I've never tried baking with ice cream soda. Yours look good, thanks for sharing!

  27. Thanks very much for all info about dates. I love to eat dates.....sweet and delicious. That's a lovely loaf. I'm sure it tastes great dipped in coffee. Thanks very much fro sharing. Hope you have a lovely day.

  28. Ice cream soda is a good add in the soft and moist loaf. Nice to be here. best wishes.

  29. Missed you too Kristy. It will take me a lot of time to catch up with your blog. I see you've been upto a lot!

  30. Kristy...this is very interesting...I've never made this type of loaf before. I do love dried dates...and this may just be a great recipe to experiment with soda ;o) Thanks,


  31. am here to pick up my bread :P, looks delish, my hubby is a big fan of dates.

  32. nice recipe girl, interesting with the to cook with dates...

  33. Love some of the loaf, buttered and have it with my tea :)

  34. This loaf sounds just wonderful with dates!

  35. parfait pour accompagné une tasse de thé j'aime beaucoup les composants qui s'y trouvent
    bonne soirée

  36. Kristy you are an absolute wiz at baking! I love the idea of cream soda as a beer substitute in this and must try it out for hubby!

  37. Madin : I wasn't a big fan of dates before this and I am loving it very much now. Dates isn't as sweet as other dried fruits.

    Alison : Thank you very much!

    Dionne : Thank you and you found what you want here! hehe...

    Grapefruit : Hope you will like it too!

    Chaya : Hi babe, nice to see you around. Hope you will like the recipe.

    Cheah : You're welcome! ^_^

    MaryMoh : Yeap, your favourite fruit! Like it?

    Sanjeeta : Hi, welcome to my little space. Hope to hear from you more often.

    Shirley : No worries! Just take your time!

    Claudia : Hope you will like it too!

    Peanutts : Serve yourself!

    Drick : Thank you,

    3HTummies : Serve yourself!

    Natsha : Thanks alot.

    Fimere : Merci, hope you will like it too.

    Denise : Once again, thank you very much for your nice comment. Hope your huuby will like it too.

    Thank you everyone for visiting. Hope you are all having a wonderful day.

    Cheers, kristy

  38. Kristy...great loaf. Especially now puasa month. Lots of dates sold in supermart. Thanks for this recipe. Will try to make this...mmm can imagine how good this is :)

    You too have a great day :)

  39. Your quick loaf look so delicious Kristy.

  40. the loaf looks firm and crunchy. Will try it.

  41. I had something before and it's really delicious with all the dried fruit!


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