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recipe image Date & Walnut Loaf
  • dessert
  • easy
  • fruit
  • nuts-and-seeds
  • budget
  • dessert
  • baked-goods

Date & Walnut Loaf

A perfect teatime recipe, packed with fruit and nuts for rich sweet flavours. This easy date and walnut loaf has the same amount of chopped dates as it does flour, plus a tasty scoop of walnuts and a sunny dollop of Flora. It’s simple to make – just pour boiling water over half the ingredients then stir in the flour, walnuts and egg. Pop in the oven and prepare to slice!

  • Preparation time20 minutes
  • Cooking time1 hour 15 minutes
  • Servings10 portions
  • DifficultyEasy

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp Flora Cuisine or 55g Flora Buttery
  • 225 g (8oz) dates, chopped
  • 50 g (2oz) vanilla sugar
  • 50 g (2oz) caster sugar
  • 0.5 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 125 ml (¼ pint) boiling water
  • 50 g (2oz) walnuts, chopped
  • 1 egg, Medium, lightly beaten
  • 225 g (8oz) self-raising flour, sieved
  • -Decoration-
  • icing sugar, to dredge
  • walnut halves
  • A little jam, to secure

Nutritional Guidelines
(per serving)

(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Instructions

  1. Place the Flora, dates, sugar and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl.
  2. Pour boiling water over the contents of the bowl. Allow to cool a little.
  3. Add chopped walnuts, beaten egg and flour, and mix well together.
  4. Pour into a greased, greaseproof-lined 900g (2lb) loaf tin.
  5. Bake on the middle shelf of a preheated very moderate oven 160°C, 150°C fan, gas mark 3 for approximately 1¼–1½ hours.
  6. Leave the loaf in the tin for 10–15 minutes before turning out and removing paper. Cool on a wire tray.
  7. Dredge with icing sugar and decorate with walnut halves, secured with a little jam before serving.