Fig and date loaf

    1 hour 20 min

    This fruity loaf cake is filled with dried figs, dates and walnuts and is perfect to make for a food gift, or to keep for yourself!

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    Serves: 12 

    • 180g chopped pitted dates
    • 200g chopped dried figs
    • 60g unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 235ml boiling water
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 60g chopped walnuts
    • 2 eggs
    • 100g plain flour
    • 100g wholemeal flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Lightly grease a 1 lb loaf tin.
    2. In a medium bowl, combine the dates, figs, butter and bicarbonate of soda. Pour in the boiling water, stir well and let stand for 15 minutes.
    3. Beat the sugar, walnuts and eggs into the date mixture. Combine the plain flour, wholemeal flour, baking powder and salt; stir into the date mixture just until blended. Pour batter into prepared loaf tin.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into centre of the loaf comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

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