date and walnut loaf

Date and Walnut Teabread

date and walnut loaf

Date and Walnut Teabread

A lovely tea bread with dates and walnuts is a lovely combination. The tasty loaf is light and has a slight hint of lemon.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Categories
Servings 8 servings
Calories 300 kcal


  • 100 grams /3 1/2 oz dates. chopped
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 100 ml /3 1/2 fl oz hot tea
  • 40 grams / 1 1/2 oz unsalted butter
  • 70 grams/2 1/2 oz light brown sugar
  • 1 small egg
  • 125 grams/1 oz walnuts, chopped, walnut halves to decorate
  • 125 grams self-raising flour


  • Preheat oven to 180C/350F.Gas Mark 4. Grease a 450g/1 lb loaf tin and line the base with non stick baking paper.
  • Place the dates, baking soda and lemon zest in a bowl and add the hot tea. Leave to soak for 10 minutes until softened.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg. Stir in the date mixture.
  • Fold in the flour using a large metal spoon, then fold in the walnuts. Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tin and spread evenly. Top with walnut halves.
  • Bake cake in 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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