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Walnut and Date Loaf

Walnut and Date Loaf, a traditional British sweet bread that goes wonderfully well with a nice cup of tea. The loaf has a dense texture, and a good crunch from the walnuts, while the dates and golden syrup add a delicate sweetness that is hard to beat. A great addition to your afternoon tea party, this cake is sheer pleasure. It's so easy to make, and everything can be done in one bowl only.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Servings: 1 loaf
Calories: 2442kcal


  • 225 g self-raising flour
  • 60 g butter
  • 60 g sugar
  • 120 g chopped walnuts
  • 120 g chopped dates
  • 90 ml golden syrup
  • 90 ml milk
  • 1 egg


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 Fahrenheit).
  • Sift the flour and add it to a large bowl.
  • Cut the cold butter into cubes, and use your fingertips to rub it with the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Add the sugar and mix well.
  • Add the chopped walnuts and dates, syrup, milk and the egg beaten well.
  • Combine everything together to get a thick batter.
  • Flour and grease a loaf tin, and transfer the batter over.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.


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  • The servings can be adjusted by clicking the number next to Servings.


Calories: 2442kcal | Carbohydrates: 352g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 99g | Saturated Fat: 38g | Cholesterol: 302mg | Sodium: 537mg | Potassium: 1063mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 176g | Vitamin A: 1883IU | Calcium: 257mg | Iron: 5mg