Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Date and walnut loaf

A baking morning yesterday - and this is all that's left of my favourite Date and Walnut loaf, adapted from my 1960s Dairy Book of Home Cookery which I thought I'd share with you.

My late mum gave me this book when I got engaged in 1969 and it has really done me proud. It never lets me down and comes out on numerous occasions. No matter what I want to cook/bake, there is always something I can find.

Here's the recipe:

250g self raising flour
1 teas mixed spice
125g margarine
125g caster sugar
100g chopped dates
50g chopped walnuts
l egg
5 tablespoons milk

1. Heat the oven to 180 c or gas mark 4. Grease and line base of a 2lb loaf tin

2. Sift flour and mixed spice into bowl and rub in margarine finely and add sugar

3. Mix together with egg and milk

4. Stir in the choppd nuts and dates.

5. Place mixture evenly in the tin. Bake for about one and a quarter hours

Sometimes, like today I bake it in a small square tin, slice it and add an orange flavoured butter cream just for a change and add a few walnuts on the top.

Happy baking!


  1. That looks seriously yummy! I like the idea of orange flavoured butter cream in the middle. Jx

  2. I've got to try this it looks so good, thanks for the recipe. Earlier today I baked a banana and walnut loaf and it went down a treat with a cup of tea :-)

    I like the idea of a flavoured buttercream, will have to give that a try too sometime soon.

  3. That looks scrumptious. I must try it!

  4. Our mother's old cook books always have great old recipies. This walnut cake with orange cream filling looks divine Patricia.
    thanks for sharing the recipe.
    will have to try it sometime.

    thank you for leaving your kind comments on my blog.

  5. That looks yummy! My Mum had one of those books when I was small too. It was very well used :)

  6. My favourite cake - looks lovely - I wish mine would turn out as successful as yours.

  7. I love date and walnut cake! Yours looks very tasty and I like the idea of splitting it and using orange butter cream as a filling I must try your recipe:)

  8. Yummy, may just have to make one, very soon. Yes I alo had a Dairy Cook book but alas I think it's been recycled. Might just have o go Thrifting again.

  9. Hello Patricia:
    We were absolutely amazed to see a picture of your 'Dairy Cook Book' which, of course, is exactly the same as ours. The only difference being that we cannot recall ever opening ours after the 1970s!!!!

    Your Date and Walnut loaf looks absolutely delicious. Oh, if only we were closer and if only we had an invitation to tea. And, an orange flavoured filling sounds perfect!

    We have discovered you quite by chance but have very much enjoyed our visit. We have signed ourselves as Followers to keep in touch.


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