date and walnut loaf

Date and walnut loaf


Great tasting date and walnut loaf.



8 slices

Prep time

10 minutes

Cooking time

40 minutes


  • 100 grams/ 3 1/2 oz pitted dates, chopped

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • finely grated rind of lemon

  • 100 mls / 3 1/2 fl oz hot tea

  • 40 grams/1 1/2 oz unsalted butter

  • 70 grams / 2 1/2 oz brown sugar

  • 1 small egg

  • 125 grams self raising flour

  • 25 grams/ 1 oz walnuts, chopped

  • walnut halves to decorate


  • Preheat oven to 180C/ 350 F/Gas Mark 4. Line a 1 lb loaf tin and line the base with non stick baking paper.
  • Place the dates, baking soda and lemon rind in a bowl and add the hot tea. Leave to soak for 10 minutes until softened.
  • Cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg. Stir in the date mixture.
  • Fold in the flour, then fold in the walnuts. Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tin and spread evenly. Top with walnut halves.
  • Bake in pre heated oven for 35-40 minutes or until risen, firm and golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes in the tin, then turn out the loaf and finish cooling on a wire rack.

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