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Date and walnut cake

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Date and walnut cake
Date and walnut cake
  • Serves: 12

  • Prep time:

  • Cooking time:

    (plus 10 mins cooling)
  • Total time:

    (plus 10 mins cooling)
  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Costs: Mid-price

A real teatime treat - moist sponge dotted with dates and walnuts, topped with a creamy frosting. We defy you not to sneak a second slice!

Ingredients

  • 175g (6oz) dates, finely chopped
  • level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 60g (2oz) butter, softened
  • 175g (6oz) light muscovado sugar
  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  • 250g (8oz) self-raising flour
  • 60g (2oz) walnuts pieces, chopped
For the topping:
  • 125g (4oz) mascarpone or cream cheese
  • 30g (1oz) walnut pieces, roughly chopped
  • 20cm (8in) round cake tin, lined with Bakewell paper

This recipe was taken from the March 1939 issue of Women's Weekly

Method

  1. Set the oven to gas mark 4 or 180C. Put the dates and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl and pour over 200ml (7fl oz) boiling water. Leave for 5 mins.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl, beat in the egg and then the date mixture, with the water. Fold in the flour and walnuts and stir lightly until well mixed. Spoon the mixture into the tin and smooth the top.
  3. Bake for 1-1 hours until risen, and a skewer when inserted comes out clean. Leave for 10 mins, then take out of the tin to cool on a wire rack. Spread mascarpone, or cream cheese, over cake and sprinkle with nuts.

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 280(kcal)
  • Fat 14.0g
  • Saturates 6.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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