• Serves 8
  • 60 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 9 Ingredients


A very moist loaf cake, ideally cut into slices and buttered. It keeps very well in an airtight container if it lasts that long.
Note: ground ginger may be omitted if you wish also walnuts may also be omitted if there are nut allergies…then it becomes a date loaf.
Delicious! Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients (serves 8)

  • 110g chopped dates
  • 55g margarine
  • 225ml boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 225g self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 55g chopped walnuts
  • 170g brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten


  1. Place dates and margarine is a bowl with boiling water and bicarbonate of soda. Gently mix with wooden spoon to ensure all margarine has melted and dates plump up. Allow to cool.
  2. In mixing bowl, combine self raising flour,ground ginger, walnuts and sugar, then add to cooled bowl of dates, margarine, water and bicarb. Mix well with wooden spoon and add beaten egg. Spoon mixture into a lined loaf tin.
  3. Bake for around 60 minutes at 170 C .
  4. Leave to cool on a wire rack. Slice and spread with butter.

  • What a quick and easy recipe thank you I absolutely love Date and Walnut Loafs


  • I love the combination of dates and walnuts thanks


  • I find walnuts are bitter so I will leave them out IF there is any left you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days I don’t know if it would freeze well or not.


  • Walnut is very strong I might try peanuts thanks


  • Date and nuts go so well together. Thanks for the recipe. Yum.


  • thanks for all the lovely comments moms. xx


  • Date and walnut loaf is always a delicious tasting loaf and I like to warm it a little and spread it with a little butter. Thanks for your recipe – your loaf looks good.


  • A friend of ours used to make them in a special round container so that you cut it as a round slice.

    • Hi June,
      Actually I have one of those cylinder tins but I find it is a bit more mucking around and you can only 3/4 fill it. When I was a teenager my mum and dad would make date loafs in old beer tins. Any how you can still purchase cylinder tins and they do make lovely round loaves. cheers cherz.


  • oh I love a good old fashioned buttered slice of date loaf – love the addition of the ginger and the walnuts – perfect – thanks for sharing


  • A delicious loaf,love the dates and walnuts together! Thanks!


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