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Date & Walnut Tea Loaf

70-80 mins Cook
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This Tea loaf is packed full of delicious date & walnuts and the addition of brown butter takes this simple bake & elevates it to the next level. What’s also great, this tea loaf gets better with age so you can enjoy it a few days after you bake it. Thanks to Shane Smith for another great recipe!

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Date & Walnut Tea Loaf

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prep time
20 mins
cooking time
70-80 mins
servings
6
total time
2 hrs

Equipment

  • Weighing scales

  • Oven

  • Mixing bowls

  • Wooden spoon

  • Whisk

  • Food processor/hand blender

  • 2lb loaf tin

  • Parchment paper

  • Grater

  • Saucepan

Ingredients

  • 110g butter

  • 1 tea bag

  • 130ml hot water

  • 340g Gem chopped dates

  • 1 tsp bread soda

  • Dash vanilla

  • 3 medium eggs

  • 25g Gem chopped walnuts

  • 165g grated apple

  • 135g Gem self-raising flour

  • 70g Gem brown sugar

Instructions

1
Preheat your oven to 160C/140C fan and line a 2lb loaf tin with parchment paper.
2
Add the hot water to the tea bag and leave to sit for 5 minutes.
3
Remove the teabag and pour the hot tea over 220g of chopped Gem dates, add the bread soda and allow to sit for 15 minutes.
4
While the dates are soaking, place the butter into a saucepan over medium heat and melt until the butter begins to foam turning into a light golden brown colour.
5
Once the brown butter stage is reached, remove and set aside.
6
Once the soaked dates have softened, using a food processor or a hand blender, blitz the dates into a smooth puree.
7
Add this puree to a large bowl and add the remaining unsoaked dates, the brown butter, vanilla, chopped walnuts, eggs, apple, flour and brown sugar.
8
Stir to combine.
9
Spoon this cake batter into the lined 2lb loaf tin and place in the centre of the oven and bake for 70-80 mins or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
10
Remove and allow to cool before slicing and serving.

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