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Sliced and stacked date and nut loaf.

Spiced Date and Nut Loaf

This spiced date and nut loaf are moist, flavoured with sweet dates and dotted with crunchy walnuts. A thick slice goes perfectly with the afternoon cup of tea!
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Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 300kcal
Author: Mary-Lou


  • 150 grams dates pitted and chopped
  • 100 g walnuts roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 200 grams boiling water
  • 125 grams butter softened
  • 100 grams brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon mixed spice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 225 grams plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt if using unsalted butter


  • Preheat the oven to 170°C/340F. Grease and line a loaf tin using the sling method with an overhang for easy removal of the loaf.
  • Place the dates in a heatproof bowl. Sprinkle the baking soda over the dates, and then pour the boiling water over the dates. Set aside to soak and allow to cool.
    150 grams dates, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 200 grams boiling water
  • Whisk together the softened butter and brown sugar until well combined. Add in the spices, salt, vanilla, and eggs, whisk through until well combined.
    125 grams butter, 100 grams brown sugar, 2 eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 3 teaspoons cinnamon, 2 teaspoon ginger, ½ teaspoon nutmeg, ½ teaspoon mixed spice, ¼ teaspoon ground cloves, ½ teaspoon salt
  • Sieve in the flour and baking powder, add in the nuts, and date mixture. Fold the ingredients together using a wooden spoon or spatula. Pour into the prepared loaf tin and baking for 45-55 minutes or until a cake tester comes out just clean.
    225 grams plain flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 100 g walnuts
  • Once baked, allow cooling in the tin for 10-20 minutes before removing and placing on a cooling tack to completely cool. Slice and serve.


Baking soda is also known as bicarbonate of soda. Because baking soda is used to neutralise the acidic tannins within the dates, baking powder is used to give the loaf lift during the baking process.
For fan-forced or fan-assisted ovens decrease the temperature by 20°C/25F.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 300kcal

Nutrition information is an estimate. If scaling the recipe remember to scale your cook and bakeware accordingly.

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Course :Dessert, Snack
Cuisine :Scottish
Keyword :dates, loaf, Spiced Date and Nut Loaf