Walnut, date & honey cake

Walnut, date & honey cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 10 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Cuts into 8-10 slices

A tea-time treat - packed with sweet honey. A great way to use up those ripe bananas too

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving for eight

kcalories
440
protein
6g
carbs
54g
fat
24g
saturates
13g
fibre
1.5g
sugar
25g
salt
0.7g

Ingredients

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 175g softened butter
  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 3 tbsp clear honey
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 medium, ripe bananas, about 250g/9oz total weight in their skins
  • 100g stoned dates
  • 50g pack walnut pieces

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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 160C/Gas 3/fan oven 140C. Line the base and long sides of a 900g/2lb loaf tin with greaseproof paper, buttering the tin and paper.
  2. Tip the flour, cinnamon, butter, sugar, 2 tablespoons of the honey and the eggs into a large mixing bowl. Mash the bananas and chop the dates (kitchen scissors are easiest for this) and add to the bowl. Beat the mixture for 2-3 minutes, using a wooden spoon or hand-held mixer, until well blended.
  3. Spoon into the prepared tin and level the top. Scatter the walnut pieces over. Bake for 1 hour, then lightly press the top – it will feel firm if cooked. If not, bake for a further 10 minutes.
  4. Cool for 15 minutes, then lift out of the tin using the paper. When cold, drizzle the remaining honey over. Cut into thick slices.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2002

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jillnunn's picture
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Have tried this recipe twice - followed it to the letter both times (fan oven at 140) and both times had to leave it in for well over the hour. ... and the inside was still solid and uncooked. The top sank so it looked (and felt!) like a house brick!! Such a shame as the flavour is good. No idea what I'm doing wrong so sadly won't be making it again.

cwehrmeier's picture
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Wow! I have never baked much in my life, but the Great British Bake Off got me inspired this weekend so I tried this recipe. So easy to make and so delicious. I put a little less honey based on a previous comment and it's perfect, not too sweet. Delicious!!!!

moominbadger's picture
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Lovely cake but I also had problems with it being under cooked! 140 seems a v low temp for a loaf-cake.

myfanw's picture
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Yum! Very easy to make as ingredients all mixed at same time! Had to cook it for an extra 20 mins but all ovens differ! Thumbs up from hubby so will be definately making this again!

desertprincess's picture
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Beautifully moist and moorish! However, when preparing it, I found the mixture to be far too stiff and used three eggs instead of two (eggs in Dubai are on the smaller side anyway) and it came out perfectly. Following recommendations, I mixed half the walnuts into the batter and sprinkled the other half on top. Will definitely make this again when I need to use up bananas!

jenborriero's picture
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So easy loved it ! I replaced the wheat flour with self raising rice flour... as I am wheat intolerant - still fantastic !

maryra's picture

Made this cake without the bananas and mixed the walnuts into the cake with just a few on top. Tasted very nice and will be making again

choccow56's picture

I am afraid I had problems with this cake, flavour is nice, although a bit too sweet, but it was very under cooked even though I left it for longer than stated. Very stodgy and too moist. Not sure where I went wrong, never happened before with a banana cake.

pookiegirl's picture
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Honestly, some of the comments on here astound me, can some people not actually cook? One says I left the butter out - thats one of the first things to do, another doesn't like walnuts or bananas - then why make the cake in the first place!!!! For me it was excellent, I love baking and this is very easy, I had all of the ingredients in the cupboard, very moist, because of the banana, and the dates give it just the right amount of sweetness, will definately make again.

siobhang's picture
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Really delicious and so easy, although I might try putting in walnuts in the mix rather than just on top next time. Would definitely make this again!

auntywayne's picture

HI, HAVE MADE THIS CAKE ABOUT 6 TIMES NOW, I KEEP TWEAKING THE INGREDIENTS A BIT BUT EVERY TIME GET A DELICIOUS RESULT. MY WIFE CANT WAIT YO PUT THE KETTLE ON, BEFORE IT BOILS SHE IS AT THE CAKE WITH THE KNIFE..
THANKS FOR A BRILL ONE..BRILLIANT SITE.

belindacaroline's picture
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Forgot to rate in last comment.

belindacaroline's picture
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Made this exactly to the ingredients in the recipe, except using the advice of another poster, added 50g chopped walnuts to the mixture and another 50g on the top ! :o) Weighed everything, including the bananas. I nearly omitted the honey on top, but glad I did it as it soaked in and gave such a lovely glossy look to the cake. The cake was not light, as other people have found, but had the texture of a sticky toffee pudding. It was cooked through as there was no sagging as it started to cool, but, it was almost too moist in some places, so I think I will reduce the banana next time.
Used a fan oven at 160 degree for 1 hour 10 minutes.
What a taste though, a gorgeous combination of flavours ! Definitely making again.

kevbert's picture
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A favourite. Stays moist for a long time. Works well with pecans on top.

dootmonster's picture
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I live on my own and was planning on giving half to my parents and taking some in to work... it's so good, I've changed my mind. I'm going to eat it ALL myself!! :)

malverns28's picture
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Made this for a get together, it didn't have a visual wow factor (unlike other cakes), so hadly anyone ate it. ok for 'at home' afternoon cake. Found it quite dense and the bananas seem dominate the other ingredients. Did add the walnuts to the mix which did help with texture, but won't be making it again,

ranadog's picture

Yum, yum the best walnut date and honey cake I have ever baked.
I have had to make two more this week. We are visiting my daughter and my husband can't stand the thought of taking one for her and him not having one at home... yes that good!

kevbert's picture
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I highly recommend this as it's very popular with friends and family and very easy to make.

bevshimwell's picture
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cooked this dozens of times great 4 using over ripe bananas easy and fool proof

red1ribbon's picture
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Made this tonight, was very moist and yummy.

Followed recipe exactly and it came out perfect.

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