Date and Walnut Loaf


This is an old family favourite in our house, great for when you have visoters. it is quite a dense and filling cake but I still always manage a second piece ha!


  • 60g butter
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup dates, pitted and chopped (approx. 180g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnut (approx. 60g)


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (160 fan forced).
  2. Grease two nut tins or you can use a normal loaf tin.
  3. Line the tin you have decided to use.
  4. Combine butter and boiling water in a medium saucepan over low heat until the butter is melted.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in dates, bicarbonate of soda and then remaining mixture. Stir until it turns into a caramel mixture – it will still have the lumps of dates and walnuts but no flour lumps.
  6. Spoon the mixture into tin.
  7. Bake for around 50 minutes.
  8. Cool in tin for around 5 minutes. Remove from tin and cool on wire rack.
  9. Tastes delicious served with butter and a cup of tea.

Serves approx. 8



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