Grandma Mary's Date and Walnut Cake

I spent an awful lot of time with my Grandma Mary as a child, and as an adult.  She was my cooking inspiration! I remember going to her house on a Sunday for tea and tucking into all types of sandwiches and cakes that she had made.  Whenever I had a cooking question she was my first port of call.  She also gave me very first - a Be-Ro - which is now very old and held together with tape.

This recipe is one of my favourites and I would always ask her to make me a loaf 'if she happened to be baking'.  I would always get one 😀.  I really hope you like it as much as I do.


8 oz. dates, chopped

1 tsp. bicarb of soda

10 oz. s.r. flour

½ tsp salt

5 oz. margarine

1 egg

4 oz chopped walnuts

6 oz moist brown sugar



Rub the fat into the flour, add the sugar, nuts and egg and then the dates.  Beat together.

Put into a loaf tin and cook at 180º for 1 ¼ hours.

Serve in slices with butter.

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!


Lots of love and thanks for this recipe Gran.  I miss you.


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