Date and walnut cake
Tuck into a slice (or two) of our simple all-in-one loaf cake, even more perfect with a pot of tea or glass of milk
- Serves: 1 person
- 100g butter, room temperature, cubed plus extra for the tin
- 225g soft dates, pitted and roughly chopped
- ½tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 75g dark muscovado sugar
- 1large egg
- 250g self-raising flour
- 1tsp baking powder
- 75g walnuts, roughly chopped, plus 7 walnut halves (100g total)
Step 1Lightly butter and line a 2lb loaf tin. Heat the oven 160C/140C fan/gas 4.
Step 2Place the butter, dates and bicarbonate of soda in a mixing bowl and pour over 150ml boiling water. Stir then leave to stand for 10-15 mins for the dates to soak and the butter to melt. Beat in the sugar followed by the egg. Sift the flour and baking powder over the top, then gently fold in along with the chopped walnuts, until well combined.
Step 3Spoon into the prepared tin and level the top before pressing in the reserved walnut halves. Bake for 45-50 mins, until a skewer comes out clean when the cake is tested. Allow to cool in the tin for 5 mins, before turning out and cooling fully on a wire rack.