Date Walnut Loaf is very moist with bursts of sweet chopped dates and crunchy walnuts.

Makes for a great gift idea, and can be easily frozen for later too!

Dates are one of those things that you either love or hate.

There seems to be no middle ground when it comes to dates.

I’m sure if you lean more toward the hate side, this Date Walnut Loaf will change your mind!

They’re not pretty to look at, so I completely understand the aversion for some.

But, not all food needs to be pretty to be tasty!

Tea? Any strong tea will do; try to avoid flavoured teas.

Sip it and keep it hot!

INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO PREPARE THIS RECIPE

The following is a list of the ingredients needed to prepare this recipe. For exact amounts and measurements, refer to the printable recipe card located near the bottom of this post.

Dried Dates

Butter – You can use either salted or unsalted butter.

It doesn’t make much of a difference in this recipe.

Just be sure that the butter is softened and at room temperature.

Pinch of Salt

Baking Soda – This baking ingredient, which is activated by liquid, helps to leave or rise.

Brown Sugar – It has way more flavour than regular white sugar! And, in this recipe, brown sugar helps to keep the loaf moist and soft.

Vanilla Extract – Probably the most common extract and the most common flavouring used in cakes and cookies.

Flour – No need for anything special.

Just use regular all-purpose flour. I have not tried this recipe with any other type of flour.

Baking Powder – This is used to increase the volume of the batter and to add texture as well.

Nutmeg – Nutmeg is a seed that comes in whole or ground form. 

It is a key ingredient in many baked goods and is essential to anything eggnog-related.

Eggs – Whenever you set out to bake, make sure your eggs are at room temperature too – just like your butter!

Walnuts – Walnuts have a mild, buttery flavour which is why they are perfect for cookies and cakes. 

When they are baked, they soften slightly, which makes them easier to slice through too, so they won’t ruin those perfect slices of cake.

 Place dates and margarine in a bowl with boiling water and baking soda.

Gently mix with a wooden spoon until margarine has melted and dates are plumped up. Let cool to room temperature, for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line a 2-pound loaf pan with parchment paper.

Combine flour, brown sugar, and walnuts in a separate bowl. Add to the bowl with the date mixture. Mix well with a wooden spoon.

 Add egg and mix in.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan.

Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean, 60 to 75 minutes.

 Let cool on a wire rack.

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