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Date and Walnut cake

11 January 2012

Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 1 hour 15 mins

  1. Place the dates in a bowl with the butter and bicarbonate of soda. Pour over the boiling water and stir until the butter has melted. Set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF, gas mark 4). Lightly grease an 18 cm (7 in) round deep cake tin and line the bottom with baking parchment.
  3. Place the sugar and eggs in a large bowl and beat well to combine. Add the cooled date mixture, then sift in the flour, baking powder, mixed spice and salt. Add the walnuts and stir together until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and level the top. Bake for 1–1 1/4 hours or until the cake is risen and nicely browned and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  5. Turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool. The cake can be kept, wrapped in foil or stored in an 
     airtight container, for up to 5 days.


Serves: 10

  • 200g (7 oz) stoned dried dates, chopped
  • 30g (1 oz) unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 240 ml (8 fl oz) boiling water
  • 140g (5 oz) light muscovado sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 280g (10 oz) plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp ground mixed spice
  • pinch of salt
  • 115g (4 oz) walnuts, chopped

Nutritional Benefits

Walnuts are high in unsaturated fats, especially linoleic acid, and recent studies have shown that people who eat walnuts regularly are less likely to suffer from heart attacks. Walnuts are rich in protein, vitamin E, vitamin B6  and copper, and provide useful amounts of vitamin B1 and selenium. In traditional Chinese medicine walnuts are used to treat impotency. * Dates were one of the first fruits to be cultivated by man. Remains of the date palm have been discovered during archaeological excavation of several Stone Age sites. Dried dates are a good source of potassium and provide useful amounts of niacin, copper, iron and magnesium.

Posted: 11/01/2012 16:16:37 by

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