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Date & Walnut Loaf


200g stoned dried dates

30g butter

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

240ml boiling water

140g light muscovado sugar

2 eggs

280g Shipton Mill White Spelt Flour

2 tsp baking powder

1.5 tsp ground mixed spice

pinch of salt

115g walnuts, chopped


  • Place dates in a bowl with butter and bicarbonate of soda. Add boiling water and stir until butter has melted. Set aside to cool.
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Lightly grease and line a 2lb loaf tin with baking parchment.
  • Place sugar and eggs in a large bowl and beat well to combine. Add cooled date mixture, then sifted flour, baking powder, mixed spice, and salt. Add walnuts stir until thoroughly mixed.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and level the top. Bake for 60-90 minutes or until the cake is well risen and nicely browned or a a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  • Turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Suitable for freezing.