Date Walnut Cake

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    This has been a favourite of my husband's since as long as I can remember. His mum always manages to bake him one every year (she's 75) for Christmas - though she always claims it's his last.

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    Serves: 16 

    • 900g (2 lb) dates, pitted and chopped
    • 900g (2 lb) English walnuts, coarsely chopped
    • 200g (7 oz) caster sugar
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 150g (5 oz) plain flour
    • 4 egg yolks
    • 4 egg whites

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr30min  ›  Ready in:2hr 

    1. Preheat the oven to 150 C / Gas mark 2. Grease and flour a 25cm (10 in) tube cake tin.
    2. In a large bowl, combine dates, walnuts, sugar, baking powder and flour. Stir in egg yolks. In a large glass or metal mixing bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the whites into the fruit/nut mixture until no streaks remain. Spoon into prepared tin.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven for 90 minutes. Let cool in tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

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    Can I use a round cake dish for this recipe? What diameter please? Thank-you.  -  16 Nov 2011


    If I half the ingredients do I leave the cake in the oven for half the time???  -  01 Jan 2011


    Altered ingredient amounts. Halved and halved again. Did not think this recipe would work - unbelievably lovely! Could not afford to risk original amounts going wrong, can't wait to try again but will only halve once.  -  20 Apr 2011