Friday, 26 August 2016


“Walnuts have a shell, and they have a kernel. Religions are the same. They have an essence, but then they have a protective coating. This is not the only way to put it. But it’s my way. So the kernels are the same. However, the shells are different.” - Huston Smith

Our cool and wet Winter weather is continuing so for the weekend, what better than a little baking with this delicious loaf?

Date and Walnut Loaf
1 cup water
3 tbs butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup dates, diced
1/2 tsp ground mace
1/3 tsp ground nutmeg
1/3 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 eggs
1 cup self-raising flour
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (extra, if desired, for decoration)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 165˚C fan-forced.
Place water, dates, butter and spices (except cinnamon) in large saucepan and heat to boiling point, stir until butter is melted.
Remove from heat and add bicarbonate of soda.
Allow to cool to room temperature and then add bananas, eggs, nuts, flour and cinnamon. Stir well and pour into a greased and lined loaf pan. (Decorate the top with halved walnuts if desired).
Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
Allow to rest in tin for 30 minutes before turning out.

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