Date and nut loaf


Ingredients 12
Servings 0
Time

Ingredients

  • 500
    ml
    dates, finely chopped
  • 3
    ml
    bicarbonate of soda
  • 125
    ml
    margarine or butter
  • 200
    ml
    boiling water
  • 500
    ml
    cake flour
  • 10
    ml
    baking powder
  • 10
    ml
    mixed spice (optional)
  • 3
    ml
    salt
  • 2
    large eggs
  • 150
    ml
    sugar
  • 5
    ml
    vanilla essence
  • 200
    ml
    walnuts or pecan nuts, finely chopped
 

Method

 
Preheat oven to 170 ºC (340 ºF). Place dates in a large mixing bowl with bicarbonate of soda and margarine. Pour boiling water over and stir until margarine has melted. Leave to cool. Sift flour, baking powder, mixed spice (if using) and salt together and set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs until frothy. Gradually add sugar and continue whisking until sugar has dissolved. Stir in vanilla essence and pour over date mixture. Mix well. Add sifted flour and beat to form a smooth batter. Add nuts and fold in gently. Pour into greased 28 x 10 x 6.5 cm tin (lined bottom) and bake in oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until a metal skewer inserted in centre comes out clean. Remove and allow to set in tin for 5 minutes. Loosen sides, turn out onto cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
 

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