Nat’s Date and Walnut Loaf

I’ve not got a huge sweet tooth but I find it hard to resist a good bit of cake. This recipe is particularly good as it works well with a cup of tea but is equally at home as a great piece of ride food. Cut a slice, butter it, fold in two like a sandwich, wrap in foil and you’ve got perfect bite sized morsel to fit in your jersey pocket. You can also slice it up, wrap it up and freeze it for handy snacks.

110g chopped dates
55g unsalted butter
225ml boiling water
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
225g self raising flour
55g chopped walnuts
170g brown sugar
1 egg (lightly beaten)

Preheat the oven to 170oC (150oC Fan). Grease the inside of a 2lb (900g) loaf tin and line the bottom with greaseproof paper.
Put the dates and butter in a bowl along with the boiling water and bicarbonate of soda. Mix gently so that the butter melts and the dates plump up. Allow to cool.
Mix the flour, walnuts and sugar in another bowl then add to the cooled date mixture. Mix well then add the egg and mix again.
Pour the mix into the loaf tin and bake for 60 -75 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy.

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