a little cookbook (well, bakebook) i put together for some friends
to tickle their inner domestic goddesses


a recipe that might appeal to yours, which i find sits perfectly by your cup of tea at the end of a long, weekend walk .   .      .

date and walnut loaf                                       

225g self-raising flour, sifted
50g walnuts, in large pieces
1 teaspoon mixed spice
75g butter
100g light or dark soft brown sugar
225g chopped dates (or a mixture of dried fruit, e.g. prunes, apricots, raisins, dates)
150ml water
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

> preheat oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. grease and line a 900g loaf tin. mix together flour, walnuts and mixed spice.

> place butter, sugar, dates and water in a pan and bring gently to the boil. remove from heat and cool for a few minutes. add to the flour, spice and nuts with the beaten eggs and beat well with a wooden spoon.

> turn into prepared tin, hollow the middle a little and sprinkle the sesame seeds on top. bake for 1-1¼ hours until a skewer comes out clean. remove from oven and turn out on to a wire rack to cool. serve sliced with butter. (or without; it's just as good)

[from the national trust teatime baking book]



coco said...

i came across your site via vibeke's. this is nice. i might make my own recipe book too to share.
your simple life is beautiful ♡

v said...

oh that date and walnut loaf sounds superyummi! i am happy you put the recipe with, thank you : )

it is mothers day here in norway tomorrow so i am making dinner for me and my husband's mothers. going to make them spicy chicken tandoori together with rice, garlic bread, salad and vine. looking forward to it : )

i hope the weather has been nice with you today so you could enjoy a lovely outdoor day,


and thank you so much for the lovely comment!

eau de nil said...

so good to have you both here!
dear V: yes, the skies were mild+ bright, thank you. i wish you a delicious evening tomorrow!
dear Coco: thank you! yours is too - i've been peeking . . .