Date and walnut loaf

Best served drizzled with butter!
Date and walnut loaf

Packed full of naturally sweet, caramelised dates and crunchy walnut pieces, this dense, golden loaf is perfect served toasted with a drizzle of butter for an easy dessert or morning treat.

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1.Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Grease and line a 21cm x 11cm loaf pan.
2.Place dates in a large heatproof bowl. Pour over boiling water. Cover with a plate. Stand 5 minutes, until dates soften.
3.Stir in melted butter and sugar until well combined. Stir in vanilla and egg.
4.Sift together flour, bicarbonate of soda, mixed spice and a little salt. Fold into date mixture. Fold through walnuts. Spoon mixture into prepared pan and scatter over extra walnuts. Bake 45 minutes, until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan 2 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. Slice and serve with extra butter.

This dish is suitable to freeze.


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