“Vegetables are the food of the earth; fruit seems more the food of the heavens.”
Sepal Felicivant
AFAM (A Fruit A Month) is a wonderful blog event which highlights different fruits. The event this month is being hosted by AkshayPatra and her fruit of choice is ‘DATES’.

Golden opportunity for me to try the ‘Date & Walnut Loaf ‘ which I have been dying to try but have never quite got there. Last evening was a mad frenzy of date chopping & general confusion since I got to the event announcement late as usual! Huff Puff!!! Loaf was out of the oven last night, looking good, smelling great….& I couldn’t wait to slice it this morning to get pictures for the post.

WOOHOO…Now that’s done, the loaf has gone back to the tin…shall wait for the kids to get back from school & do the honours. What an addiction this is…phew!
(They each had 2 slices; LOVED it!!)

Flour – 1 cup
Baking soda – 1 tsp
Baking powder – 2 tsp
Sugar – 1 4/ cup
Margarine – 25gms (I used butter)
Dates – 350gms (chopped)
Water – 142ml/ 1/4 pint (boiling)
Egg – 1
Walnuts – 1/2 cup/100gms (chopped)


  • Preheat the oven to 150 degrees C. Grease and line bottom of a 9 X 5 loaf pan, or 8 ” round cake tin.
  • Sift the dry ingredients together.
  • Put the chopped dates + margarine (or butter) + sugar in a deep bowl & pour the boiling water over it. Allow to cool.
  • Stir in the flour mix + eggs + walnuts.
  • Put batter into tin, level out and bake for about 50-60 minutes.
  • Cool on a rack. Slice only when cold. (I wrap it in cling wrap overnight for the flavours to mature, and then sliced it the next morning)

Nice wrapped as a gift too…
This is a much loved loaf in our house, just right for the season…moist & delicious & low on fat!! A dear friend of mine used to make it with plump dates she got from the UK…with outstanding results. I would suggest you get the best quality dates you can lay your hands on; then sit back & enjoy this treat.
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