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.
- 1 cup dates, pitted, roughly chopped
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 200 g milk chocolate, chopped
- 125 g butter, softened
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
- 1⁄4 cup maple syrup
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1 1⁄2 cups self-raising flour
- 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- Place dates and water in a saucepan over low heat; cook for 5-10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
- Remove from heat;add the soda, stir and allow to cool.
- Preheat oven to 180°C.
- Grease and line a loaf pan 10cm x21cm, 7 cm deep.
- 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.
- 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.
- Stir in melted chocolate.
- Sift flour over this chocolate mixture, then using a metal spoon, fold in until combined.
- Fold in the dates and walnuts, then spoon into prepared pan.
- Bake for 50 minutes or until cooked when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
- Allow to stand in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out to a wire rack to cool.
- Serve sliced (and buttered if you wish).
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.
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]