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One bowl date and walnut loaf
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One bowl date and walnut loaf

50 minutes (10 minutes + 40 minutes standing time)
Serves Makes 12
  • 1¼ cup (185g) pitted dates, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • ¾ cup (80g) walnuts, coarsely chopped
  1. Grease a medium 12cm x 22cm loaf pan. Line base and sides with baking paper.
  2. Place dates in a large heatproof bowl. Sprinkle with soda. Pour over 1 cup boiling water. Stand 40 minutes, or until cool. Stir in sugar, eggs and oil until combined.
  3. Sift flour over mixture, returning any husks remaining in sieve to bowl. Add spice and ½ cup of the walnuts. Stir until combined. Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle with remaining walnuts.
  4. Bake in a 160C oven (fan-forced) for 45-50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in centre comes out clean. Stand in pan 10 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack to cool. Serve sliced.

Tips

  • Replace olive oil with canola oil or sunflower oil, if preferred.
  • Loaf will keep for up to 5 days in an airtight container or can be frozen for up to 2 months.

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