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
100g light or dark soft brown sugar
225g chopped dates (or a mixture of dried fruit, e.g. prunes, apricots, raisins, dates)
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]