Date and Walnut Loaf


You can now definitely tell it’s almost winter. We set the clock back an hour on the weekend, and although this does mean I got an extra hours sleep (yesss) it also means it’s freakin dark by 5 o’clock. My friend was quite amused by my depressed acknowledgement of this fact, as we set off to walk to the bus stop today. The upside: Dark times, call for dark foods.

This date and walnut loaf is easily mixed by hand and baked until a deep amber, crispy, crunchy crust has formed and a hint of golden batter is seen peeking through the cracked top.

It doesn’t rise much, its a dense loaf packed with sticky dates and crunchy walnuts scented with plenty of vanilla extract and brown sugar.

It’s delicious, especially if you try it my fave way; the sweetness balanced with a light swipe of cream cheese, along side a steaming hot cup of tea.

Date and Walnut Loaf
makes 1 medium loaf

1 cup (9 oz) pitted, chopped dates
1 cup (250 ml) boiling water
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups (6.9 oz) flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup to 1 cup (3 – 6 oz) chopped walnuts
1/2 cup (4 oz) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (4 oz) brown sugar
3 tbsp shortening
2 tsps vanilla extract
3 eggs

Pour the boiling water over the dates in a small bowl, set aside to cool.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and grease a medium loaf pan.
In a bowl combine salt, flour, baking powder and chopped walnuts, set aside.
Cream sugars and shortening. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until each is incorporated before adding the next. Stir in the vanilla.
Stir in a third of the flour mixture, then half of the date mixture, then a third of the flour mixture, the rest of the date mixture and then the rest of the flour mixture, until completely mixed. Pour into the prepared pan (the mixture should be fairly close to the top as it doesn’t rise much). Place in the oven for 55-70 minutes or until very dark brown and when a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean and dry. Leave to cool for 10 minutes before removing from the loaf tin.

4 thoughts on “Date and Walnut Loaf”

  1. Thank u so much for the great recipe, I reduced the sugar to only 1/3 cup brown sugar, because I misread the recipe, but it still turned out great. Thanks again 🙂

  2. Hi, I’d love to give this recipe a try but I was wondering if I could substitute shortening with butter? Let me know at your earliest convenience. Thanks! 🙂

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