Walnut, Pecan and Date Loaf Cake


I have a harvest of walnuts and pecans in the cupboard. Don’t ask me why, I suppose I just kept buying them for some reason.  Some I have used some to make granola, and now I decided to bake a loaf cake.  I just wanted something to remind me of walking to work when I lived in the US: a lovely, sweet, cinnamon fragrance  I recall wafting around (along with the smell of fresh coffee) and this cake does exactly that.  It has a sweetness to it, holds its place but retains a moisture. It tastes even better on day two and will keep fresh in a cake tin for some time – if it lasts that long. I bake it in a loaf tin (hence the name) but it is really a cake – and a lovely cake at that.


  • 1 cup (225gms) chopped dates
  • 1 cup (275mls) boiling water
  • 1 cup packed (225g)  brown sugar (I use the darkest you can find)
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (230g) plain (all purpose) flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (or more if you prefer)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (225gms) chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup (225gms) chopped pecans



  1. Preheat oven to fan 160°C, conventional 180°C, gas 4. Butter the inside of a 1lb loaf tin.
  2. Chopped dates into a bowl, add the hot water and bicarbonate of soda, leave to cool.
  3. Butter and sugar into a large bowl, cream them together, add the egg and whisk until light and fluffy. Fold in the vanilla extract.
  4. Sift in the flour. Fold together. Add the Cinnamon and salt –  fold together.
  5. Add the pecans, walnuts, dates and liquid and combine the lot. Then pour and level into the loaf tin.
  6. Bake for an hour, testing after 45 minutes. Remove when cooked and allow to cool before turning out of the tin. Eat as a cake, or with Ice Cream.



About Cooking At Zero Degrees

This is a blog (it also works on an ipad and now has a Facebook page) about what we eat at home. Starters, mains, sauces, side dishes, cocktails and links to local shops. It’s all here. Food is fun, it should be fun to make and fun to eat. For some people making a meal is a chore. If it is then don’t do it; but please, it’s better to eat something, anything, that you make at home from scratch, because prepared, packaged supermarket dinners and food have about as much flavour as the plastic or cardboard package they come in. Food cultivation and husbandry is not just a moral argument. Eggs that don’t come from battery hens do taste better, cattle properly reared have more flavour - and just think about it: at its most simple, if they’re not being pumped full of chemicals then you’re not being pumped full of chemicals. How good is that? If you can buy local, use your neighbourhood shops, you will miss them when they are gone. Most of all, have fun making a meal of it! Oh, and why at zero degrees? Because that’s where we live – in Greenwich, London.
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