Walnut, date & honey cake

Walnut, date & honey cake

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 10 mins


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: per serving for eight

  • kcal440
  • fat24g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs54g
  • sugars25g
  • fibre1.5g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 225g self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 175g softened butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 3 tbsp clear honey
  • 2 eggs, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 2 medium, ripe bananas, about 250g/9oz total weight in their skins



    Probably the best known, most popular tropical fruit, their name probably derives from the…

  • 100g stoned dates



    Dates are one of the oldest cultivated fruits - it's thought that they were a staple part of…

  • 50g pack walnut pieces



    Walnuts are one of the most popular and versatile of all nuts. When picked young, they're…


  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.

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28th Sep, 2019
As others have said, the cooking time/temperature is not correct. I followed the recipe precisely. After one hour at 140C it was completely uncooked. I gave it further periods of 15 minutes and ultimately increased the temperature. It must have had two hours and then still sunk in the middle as it cooled. It never looked like the picture. Luckily my husband loves raw cake, so all is well, but do NOT rely on the temperature and time quoted here. It's totally wrong.
2nd May, 2019
This recipe was so easy to make although the cake did need slightly longer to make. However it was loved by all so will most certainly be making it regularly.
Anna Pacheco
18th Mar, 2019
Made this twice today following the instructions to the letter. I'm a regular banana bread maker and my original Indonesian recipe suggests a bake time of 1hr 45mins at 160 degrees so I thought it odd that this suggests 1hr. I tested the first after and hour and I was entirely raw (140degrees in a fan oven) The second I increased the temperature to 150 and it has still taken 1hr 30 mins. I've just cut the first cake and threw it away as it's so dense and still raw. I'll test the second tomorrow as it's a gift for my mum- heres hoping it's actually cooked. It's a real shame this recipe seems to have some bugs in the method.
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8th Mar, 2019
This is now my favourite cake to make. So easy and so so yummy!
1st Mar, 2019
This is another great recipe on BBC's GoodFood website! We successfully followed the recipe as described except we a) used a plain flour because we don't have self-raising flour in Germany. We actually used spelt flour (Dinkelmehl) in this recipe and added baking-powder (Backpulver) to it. Amount as per instructions on the packet. b) used 100g palm sugar. This was a first time for us. It is made from the syrup from the palmflower and is dark and fine like like Musoavado sugar. It is not so sweet and adds a slight caramel-like taste. c) used 160g of fleshy dates because we like them. My wife says she would add a little lemon juice to the bananas next time. The idea of walnut pieces laid on top decorates the cake very well and allows one to enjoy the dates within. In a 160°C oven (no fan) our cake needed 73 minutes (check at 1hr then after a further 10mins then again after another 3 mins) Thanks BBC for publishing a great recipe
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17th Dec, 2018
This is my all time ‘go to’, easy peasy cake which I have been baking as gifts for friends for many years. I do now used pecans, which I prefer, (and have dallied with the idea of using maple syrup instead of honey - but so far it has just been a thought as the honey version is so lovely, why would you change it?). Also, by the time I’ve finished, I probably almost double the quantity of nuts as I like to put a good handful into the mix and then a good sprinkling over the top. I also like to drizzle the honey over the top of the cake whilst it’s still in the tin (or silicone ‘tin’ in my case) and whilst it’s still warm. Totally yummy as it is - but if you’re feeling decadent then do try it spread with butter ..... swoon!!!!
20th Jul, 2018
This is a very easy recipe to follow. It was my first attempt at baking and it came out perfect. I baked for an hour as stated in the method, and the texture was firm and moist. I’m going to print the recipe off and give it to a friend.
14th Dec, 2017
Delicious. Used pecans as didn’t have any walnuts. Took about 1hr 20mins to cook. Was lovely and moist and very tasty. I put all the honey in in 1 go as I misread the instructions! Would definitely make again.
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12th May, 2017
I detest banana bread, so I made this to use up a couple of very ripe bananas. I used pecans as I didn't have walnuts and swapped the cinnamon for mixed spice. I added the nuts to the cake, not on top and weighed the banana. It turned out beautifully with a lovely flavour, only the barest hint of banana. I'll definitely make it again.
16th Mar, 2017
Not keen on bananas in baking so I leave them out. Cake is always fine, not dry at all and cooked thoroughly in an hour. A firm favourite with everyone.


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17th Apr, 2014
This cake looks good and is easy to make BUT like others, I must have baked in a fan oven for 90 mins. Frustrating to bake this way. Also, if you liberally sprinkle with chopped nuts, when you turn the cake out you lose half of them. I will be much less liberal next time.
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