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Walnut and Date Loaf
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

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.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: afternoon tea time treats
Servings: 1 loaf
Calories: 2442 kcal
Author: Daniela Apostol
  • 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
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 Fahrenheit).

  2. Sift the flour and add it to a large bowl.

  3. Cut the cold butter into cubes, and use your fingertips to rub it with the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.

  4. Add the sugar and mix well.

  5. Add the chopped walnuts and dates, syrup, milk and the egg beaten well.

  6. Combine everything together to get a thick batter.

  7. Flour and grease a loaf tin, and transfer the batter over.

  8. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Recipe Notes
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Nutrition Facts
Walnut and Date Loaf
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2442 Calories from Fat 891
% Daily Value*
Fat 99g152%
Saturated Fat 38g190%
Cholesterol 302mg101%
Sodium 537mg22%
Potassium 1063mg30%
Carbohydrates 352g117%
Fiber 14g56%
Sugar 176g196%
Protein 46g92%
Vitamin A 1883IU38%
Calcium 257mg26%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.