Milk Chocolate, Date and Walnut Loaf

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 50 mins

I came across this when looking to use some of the walnuts and dates I have in my pantry. A magazine find, it's yummy.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place dates and water in a saucepan over low heat; cook for 5-10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
  2. Remove from heat;add the soda, stir and allow to cool.
  3. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  4. Grease and line a loaf pan 10cm x21cm, 7 cm deep.
  5. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over simmering water, stir with a metal spoon for 5 minutes, or until chocolate is melted; remove from heat and cool.
  6. Using a mixer, cream butter, sugar and maple syrup until pale and creamy; add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each egg is added.
  7. Stir in melted chocolate.
  8. Sift flour over this chocolate mixture, then using a metal spoon, fold in until combined.
  9. Fold in the dates and walnuts, then spoon into prepared pan.
  10. Bake for 50 minutes or until cooked when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  11. Allow to stand in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out to a wire rack to cool.
  12. Serve sliced (and buttered if you wish).
Most Helpful

5 or more stars - I used this batter and put into muffin papers - worked so well and they are delicious. I did add extra walnuts. I had great success here.

katew August 30, 2010

Followed the recipe pretty much, but did use a rounded cup of chopped dates! Served it with my posted recipe for orange butter ~ Very nice! [Made & reviewed as a recipenapped tag in Aus/NZ Recipe Swap #18]

Sydney Mike July 15, 2008