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Wholemeal Date and Walnut Loaf

Wholemeal Date and Walnut Loaf

Is there anything more delicious than caramelised dates and crunchy walnuts? Yes, actually. A not-so-traditional wholemeal date and walnut loaf – drizzled with honey and ricotta.

Sounds a little like something your Grandma used to make? Exactly. That's what's so comforting about this perfectly sweet date and walnut loaf. 

And using wholemeal self-raising flour, this better-for-you recipe makes for that delectable and dense, golden loaf that's perfect for a morning treat with your cuppa – or an easy evening dessert.

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Ingredients

  • 160g (1 cup) pitted dried dates, chopped
  • 100g unsalted butter, chopped
  • 220g (1 cup) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • 160g (1 cup) wholemeal plain flour
  • 150g (1 cup) self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Smooth ricotta, to serve
  • Honey, to serve

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C.
  2. Lightly spray a 11cm x 22cm (base measurement) loaf tin with oil and line the base with baking paper
  3. Place dates, butter, sugar and 180ml (3/4 cup) water in a saucepan and stir over medium heat and gently bring it to the boil. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  4. Place date mixture in a large bowl and add the eggs, walnuts and wholemeal flour, then sift over the self-raising flour and baking powder. Mix well and spoon the mixture into the prepared tin.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Set aside to cool in tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. To serve, toast slices and spread with ricotta and drizzle with honey. Or spread simply with butter. 

Notes

Looking for nut-free? Not a fan of walnuts? Substitute any nuts you like, or simply leave the nuts out.

This loaf is suitable to freeze. Slice it up and freeze so you can toast up a slice whenever you like.

Nutritional Information

  • Serving size 145g
  • Energy 2170kJ 519kcal
  • Protein 10.2g
  • Total fat 19.4g
  • Saturated fat 9.3g
  • Carbs (total) 72.4g
  • Carbs (sugar) 47.1g
  • Sodium 249mg
  • Fibre 5g
  • Vitamin D 1µg

All nutrition values are per serve.

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