Total Time
1hr 50mins
Prep 1 hr 5 mins
Cook 45 mins

This recipe is from the Edmonds Cook Book. My kids love this, especially as an after school snack with a glass of milk. It has a lovely rich caramel flavour. I make mine without the walnuts and it's still great. Prep time includes 1 hour for soaking dates in boiling water.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put dates, boiling water, butter and baking soda into a bowl and stir until butter is melted.
  2. Set aside for one hour.
  3. Beat sugar, egg, vanilla essence and walnuts (if using) into date mixture.
  4. Sift in flour and baking powder and stir until just combined.
  5. Pour mixture into a greased 22cm loaf tin and bake in a 180C oven for 45 minutes or until inserted skewer comes out clean.
  6. Leave in tin for about 10 minutes before turning out onto cooling rack.


Most Helpful

Very dissapointed with texture ,taste it was just to be thrown in the bin. Not sure how all those 5 stars appeared .It is very annoying however quick the recipe may be to have to bin it. Best to not put it u at all.

Solvsten D. August 25, 2016

Okay for a low-fat treat, but next time I will make it with much more butter. Also, it seemed to cook to fast on the outside - it was burned around the edges. Any suggestions? I do a lot of baking on a regular basis, and have not had this problem thus far.

Katherine T. June 21, 2016

I made this recipe using diced figs instead of dates and adding a teaspoon of ground cardamom. I also added 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce. It doubles and freezes well.

Lynnied0 August 17, 2013

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