This is an easy recipe to follow and it's great for any occasion. It's a very moist loaf cake, ideally cut into slices and buttered. It keeps very well in an airtight container - it usually doesn't last longer than a day in my house before it's all gone! [Recipe originally submitted to Allrecipes.co.uk]

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 40 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 large loaf
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place dates and margarine in a bowl with boiling water and baking soda. Gently mix with a wooden spoon until margarine has melted and dates are plumped up. Let cool to room temperature, at least 30 minutes.

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  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line a 2-pound loaf pan with parchment paper.

  • Combine flour, brown sugar, and walnuts in a separate bowl. Add to bowl with the date mixture. Mix well with a wooden spoon. Add egg and mix in. Spoon mixture into the prepared pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 60 to 75 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

Tips

Cook's Notes:

This cake freezes very well and a batch can be made in advance.

I have found this recipe is perfect when used with a metal loaf tin, rather than a silicone one. As silicone loaf tins can sometimes lose shape and the cake mixture may spill out over the sides.

I much prefer to use the loaf pan liners that are readily available from supermarkets, dollar stores, and kitchen specialists' shops. I've purchased from different shops and all have been the same excellent quality, the only difference has been the cost!

Nutrition Facts

324 calories; protein 5.1g 10% DV; carbohydrates 53g 17% DV; fat 11.2g 17% DV; cholesterol 23.3mg 8% DV; sodium 594.9mg 24% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2019
First time I made this last Sunday ( 08- 12-2019 ) it was easy to follow got the timing right it tasted better after a day of mellowing will definitely make it again friends thought it was spot on for a 76 year gt. grand father it was a good recipe thanks for a good foolproof recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2019
First time I made this last Sunday ( 08- 12-2019 ) it was easy to follow got the timing right it tasted better after a day of mellowing will definitely make it again friends thought it was spot on for a 76 year gt. grand father it was a good recipe thanks for a good foolproof recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2020
Great cake, you can add a tablespoon of organic mollases to the recipe, and I finished the top of the cake with an additional sprinkle of walnuts. Tasted amazing! Easy to follow recipe, so moreish. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2020
I also added chocolate chip everything is better with chocolate chip chips Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2019
I was looking for something to add to the Snack rotation we take to work. This is ideal moist and rich. Made exactly as the recipe describes is now a favorite in our house Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2020
Cleaning pantry out today and found very very hard dates... and I had walnuts... searched for a recipe and here it was! I soaked dates as recipe but for about 2.5 hours then gave them a rough chop. Followed recipe but doubled quantities and made mix into 4 x 1lb tins. Baked for about 40 mins Turned out great taste so good and will be even better tomorrow. Flavour reminded me of sticky toffee pudding and I reckon some toffee sauce would go very nicely with a warmed thick slice of this loaf... with ice cream... or cream. Thank you. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2020
Absolutely delicious, rich and moist just like my Nana used to make!!! Read More
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