Date and walnut cake loaf

    1 hour 25 min

    An old fashioned dense fruit loaf that I started making back when dates came in blocks! It's best served with a cup of piping hot tea. Buttered or not buttered is up to you!

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    Serves: 12 

    • 175g (6 oz) dates, chopped
    • 4 tablespoons boiling water
    • pinch bicarbonate of soda
    • 75g (3 oz) cooking margarine
    • 75g (3 oz) brown sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 175g (6 oz) plain flour
    • 75g (3 oz) chopped walnuts

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Extra time:15min soaking  ›  Ready in:1hr25min 

    1. Preheat oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Grease and flour a 23x13cm loaf tin.
    2. In a large bowl, combine chopped dates and boiling water. Add a pinch of bicarbonate of soda and stir well; let stand for 15 minutes.
    3. Cream together margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the egg, flour and walnuts; add to the date mixture and mix until well combined. Pour into the prepared tin.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven until a skewer inserted into the centre of the loaf cake comes out clean, about 60 minutes. Let cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.

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    This is a lovely tasty healthy loaf. the next time I make it though I think I will add 2 eggs as it was a touch dry but my eggs could have been small. thank you for sharing  -  20 Nov 2016