Renae Diggles

August 16, 2021

The Best Date and Walnut Loaf Recipe

Renae Diggles

August 16, 2021

Tasty Date and Walnut Recipe to Enjoy

I love it when I flick through my old recipes from my school days and find a favourite that I’ve completely forgotten about.  before. I must say, my date and walnut loaf was typically just a walnut loaf when I was a teenager. Dates weren’t my favourite. But now, it’s a little different. You can’t substitute the Medjool dates for anything else. They’re just the best in this loaf. They’re so sweet, and add such a punchy flavour to this recipe.

This date and walnut loaf is so tasty. Treating yourself to this dessert or morning tea is definitely worth it, and it tastes best if you spread a generous serving of butter onto it. You could also coat it in honey too.
While this is a sometimes food, it’s a great sometimes food to pull out when you’re having guests over for a cuppa.

Date and Walnut Loaf Recipe

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  • ½ cup Dates
  • ½ cup Walnuts
  • 1 cup Hot Water
  • ¼ tsp Bicarbonate Soda
  • ¾ cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 125 g Butter
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Self-raising Flour
  • 1 cup Plain Flour


  • Preheat a conventional oven to 230°c, or 210°c for a fan-forced oven.
  • Roughly chop the dates and walnuts.
  • Place dates, water, sugar, butter and bicarbonate soda in a saucepan. Bring to the boil and boil for approximately 2 minutes.
  • While heating, sift the flour and salt together into a bowl. Beat the eggs separately.
  • Remove the saucepan from the stove and allow to slightly cool.
  • Mix all ingredients into the flour mixture, mixing well. Once well combined, place into a greased bar tin.
  • Bake in the oven for approximately 45 minutes or until cooked through. Test the middle with a skewer stick before removing from the oven.
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Helpful Hints

Many people like to soak their dates and walnuts in brandy or rum for added flavour. If you want to add this step, it’s best to soak them approximately 2 hours before you start making the loaf.

Date and Walnut loaf can be easily frozen for later. that’s why it comes in handy if you’ve got guests coming over for morning or afternoon tea.

Finally, for those who don’t like dates, you can always substitute them for something else, or simply leave them out of the recipe. If you leave them out, consider adding additional nuts.

More Tasty Recipes

If you’re interested in some other great dessert and entertaining ideas, you might like to try some of the following:

How to Make a Dessert Charcuterie Board
Grandma’s 4 Ingredient Shortbread Recipe

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