For those of us in need of a quick something for morning/afternoon tea, an easy snack or when a friend voices a hankering for “something with dates in it.”
In it’s passed life this recipe is the ‘nut loaf’ from the original Margaret Fulton recipe book. I like dates so I simply substituted dates for sultanas and added a teaspoon of vanilla and a shake or 2 of nutmeg, though of course you could use any spice you like.
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup honey
2/3 cup dates (chopped)
1/2 cup walnuts (or any old nut of your choice)
1tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
shake of nutmeg
Line a loaf tin with baking paper and set oven temperature to 155°C forced (or 175°C without fan). Cream butter and honey until light and creamy. Stir in vanilla. Beat in the egg. Sift the dry ingredients into a separate bowl and then fold into wet mixture alternately with dates and nuts. Spoon into tin and value for about 50min or, as Margaret says, until a skewer comes out clean when inserted. Of course, if you’re like me and use too large a loaf tin, the loaf may be ready sooner.
It’s great hot or cold, with or without butter and definitely best with a cup of tea.