Date and nut loaf cake

    1 hour 20 min

    Treat yourself to a slice of this moist date and walnut cake. Make the sauce if you are serving it warm as a dessert. If it's for your elevenses or a tea-time treat, it tastes just as good sliced and buttered!

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    Serves: 12 

    • 180g dates, stones removed and chopped
    • 250ml water
    • 125g butter
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 200g plain flour
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 120g chopped walnuts
    • Sauce
    • 55g butter
    • 80ml double cream
    • 110g dark brown soft sugar

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

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Grease and flour a 23x13cm loaf tin. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring dates and water to the boil. Stir in 125g butter and 100g caster sugar until melted. Remove from heat and stir in bicarbonate of soda. Let cool for 10 minutes.
    2. Place date mixture into a large bowl. Blend in flour, eggs and vanilla. Stir in chopped walnuts. Pour batter into prepared tin.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. Serve slices with warm brown sugar sauce.
    4. To make the brown sugar sauce: In a saucepan over medium heat, combine butter with cream and brown sugar. Heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and sugar is dissolved. Drizzle the warm sauce over slices of cake.

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    Altered ingredient amounts. I have a 2.5yr old and dont like him to eat a lot of sugar, so I cut down the sugar to 50g and added 60g of sultana's (cooked along with the dates) and it tasted great  -  01 Jun 2011


    Altered ingredient amounts. used dark brown sugar instead of castor sugar.  -  24 Mar 2011


    Easy to make and delicious! Conscious of all the butter and sugar so didn't make the sauce. Still tasted fab,  -  13 Sep 2011