Date and Walnut Loaf

    1 hour 10 minutes

    A warm sliced cake best served with butter and lashings of hot tea.


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    Serves: 10 

    • 1 cup dates, pitted and chopped (about 150g)
    • 1 cup (250ml) boiling water
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 cup (155g) brown sugar
    • 60g butter
    • 50ml oil
    • 1 egg
    • 1 1/2 cups (185g) self-raising flour
    • 1 cup walnut pieces

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hour10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour a cylindrical tin.
    2. Combine dates, baking soda, vanilla, butter and oil and boiling water in a large bowl. Let stand for 15 minutes.
    3. Combine flour, sugar, nuts and egg in a large bowl. Add date mixture and stir well.
    4. Pour mixture into prepared tin and bake for 45 minutes. Close both ends and stand on a tray. Cool in tin before serving sliced and spread with margarine.

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    this was just like my nanna used to make. I used a loaf tin as I couldn't find my cylindrical tin but just as nice. I left the egg out as well and didn't notice the difference. I wasn't sure how much vanilla to use as it wasn't listed in the ingredients so used apporx 1/2 teaspoon. This one will stay in the recipe file to be used again and again. thanks  -  24 Jan 2011


    Loved it, tasted delicious. The only downside was, it fell apart when cutting (could be because of use of loaf tin), may have needed a bit more flour to bind. Otherwise, great taste, thank you.  -  24 Jun 2012


    Made this as an after-school snack for my kids, my 12 year old hates dates but ate roughly 1/2 the loaf over the next day or so! It was delicious and I will definitely be making this one again.  -  21 Jun 2010