Sue the Sugar Mama!
Date and walnut loaf
5 oz chopped dates
55g (2 oz) butter
250ml boiling water
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
225g (8 oz) self raising flour
3 oz chopped walnuts
170g (6 oz) brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
Prep:10min › Cook:1hr 10min cooling › Ready in:1hr20min
Place dates and butter in a basin with boiling water and bicarbonate of soda. Gently mix
with wooden spoon to ensure all butter has melted and dates plump up. Allow to cool.
In mixing bowl, combine self raising flour, walnuts and sugar, then add to cooled basin of
dates, butter, water and bicarb. Mix well with wooden spoon and add beaten egg.
Spoon mixture into a parchment lined 1 lb loaf tin.
Bake for 60 to 75 minutes depending on oven at 170 C / Gas mark 3 / Fan assisted 150 C.
Leave to cool on a wire rack. Slice and spread with butter
This loaf freezes very well.
1. Where do you find your recipes? Always on the lookout for new recipes from family and friends, internet, magazines, cook books
2. Who’s been a major influence on your enjoyment of cooking? Major influences were a British cookbook Be-Ro Home Recipes, a Time Life series of cookbooks called “Foods of the World” that I bought years ago and still use and a Canadian cook called Margo Oliver who did a column in Canadian news papers years ago I also still use her cookbooks today.
3. What would you say are the most important tools in your kitchen? The most important tools: sharp knives, a quality set of pots and pans, 2 or more spatulas and tongs4.Any secret tips for baking? Secret tip…..heat for dough…..cold for pastry