Daily Archives: July 7, 2008

Food Monday ~ Date & Walnut Cake

This recipe takes me back. I first tasted it when Jack brought me to meet his extended family in Co Durham, England. I have made it regularly over the years and it proved very popular.

Date & Walnut Cake
Preheat oven to 160°C
8ozs Dates chopped
4ozs Caster Sugar
1level tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
2ozs Butter or Margarine
Pinch Salt
1 Egg, beaten
6 fluid ozs Water
2ozs Walnuts
8ozs Self Raising Flour
1 tsp Vanilla essence

Place dates, sugar, salt, soda and margarine in a mixing bowl. Boil water, pour over dates etc. and mix well to melt the margarine. Cool a little. Add beaten egg, walnuts, flour & vanilla essence. Mix to a smooth batter type consistency. Pour into a greased & lined 2lb loaf tin. Bake for 1½ hours. Cool in tin.

Variation: Try apricots and almonds instead of the dates and walnuts.

Food Monday ~ Date & Walnut Cake

This recipe takes me back. I first tasted it when Jack brought me to meet his extended family in Co Durham, England. I have made it regularly over the years and it proved very popular.

Date & Walnut Cake
Preheat oven to 160°C

8ozs Dates chopped
4ozs Caster Sugar
1level tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
2ozs Butter or Margarine
Pinch Salt
1 Egg, beaten
6 fluid ozs Water
2ozs Walnuts
8ozs Self Raising Flour
1 tsp Vanilla essence

Place dates, sugar, salt, soda and margarine in a mixing bowl. Boil water, pour over dates etc. and mix well to melt the margarine. Cool a little. Add beaten egg, walnuts, flour & vanilla essence. Mix to a smooth batter type consistency. Pour into a greased & lined 2lb loaf tin. Bake for 1½ hours. Cool in tin.

Variation: Try apricots and almonds instead of the dates and walnuts.