Date and Walnut Loaf

Date and Walnut Loaf

It’s still school holidays here but unfortunately I had to go back to my part time job this week. I really enjoyed being at home with the kids and pottering around doing some baking and craft.

I made this Date and Walnut Loaf while I was off. I love date cakes. My mum used to make them when I was growing up and it’s one of my favourites.

Occasionally she would put some nuts in it but as a kid I wasn’t real keen. Now I love them so this time I added some walnuts. It adds a bit of texture and crunch.

Date and Walnut Loaf Close Up

This loaf is great for morning tea, warmed up with butter. You can freeze this as well to take to work.

Date and Walnut Loaf Cut

Date and Walnut Loaf
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Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 25 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 25 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Date and Walnut Loaf
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 25 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 25 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: loaf
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and grease a 23cm x 13cm loaf tin.
  2. Sift the flours, bicarbonate of soda and mixed spice into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the walnuts and stir to combine.
  4. Chop dates and add to a pan with the butter, sugar and water. Stir over a low heat until butter has melted and the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly.
  5. Pour the egg and butter mixture into a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  6. Pour the mixture into your baking tin. Add some extra walnuts on top and bake for an hour or until a skewer comes out clean.
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Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Happy New Year! I hope 2016 has been great so far. I’ve had a few weeks off work and took a break from blogging so it’s been nice to spend some time with the family.

It’s been pretty hot here in Oz so we’ve been spending most days by the pool but there has been a few days for baking and crafting.

This Banana Bread was one of the bakes I made with kids. They loved mashing up the bananas and helping to mix it all up.

Banana Bread Cut

I love eating this for breakfast, toasted with butter or for morning or afternoon tea. You can also slice it up and put in ziploc bags and put them in the freezer. A slice is great to have when you’re in a hurry or for a snack at work. Probably best to have it sometimes though. Not everyday.

Rocky Road

Banana Bread
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Servings Prep Time
6-8 10 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 10 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Banana Bread
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Servings Prep Time
6-8 10 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 10 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Grease and flour a medium loaf tin.
  2. Melt butter and set aside to cool slightly
  3. Mash bananas in a large bowl. Add the butter, eggs, vanilla and sugar and combine thoroughly.
  4. In a separate bowl sift the flour, baking powder and cinnamon.
  5. Transfer the wet ingredients to the dry and combine.
  6. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 60 minutes or until it is golden brown and springs back when lightly touched.
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Rocky Road

Rocky Road

This is my favourite Rocky Road recipe. I’ve been making it for years now and everyone loves it. It’s very easy to make and only takes minutes to put together. I make this at anytime of year but for some reason I just have to make it at Christmas. It’s a great little Christmas present too.

Rocky Road

I use raspberry lollies in this recipe but if you can’t find them you could use red frogs or snakes and cut them up.

Rocky Road

This is going to be my last post for year. It’s time to take a break and get ready for Christmas and spend some time with the family. I will be back in the New Year with more recipes and hopefully some craft projects too. I wish you all the best for a great Christmas and wonderful New Year.

Rocky Road
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Rocky Road
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Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Line a baking tray with baking paper
  2. Chop up the marshmellows and lollies and scatter onto the tray
  3. Scatter the crushed nuts all over as well
  4. Melt the chocolate and peanut butter in a heat proof bowl in the microwave. Put it in for short bursts until it's melted and smooth.
  5. Poor the melted chocolate over the other ingredients.
  6. Put in the fridge until set. Probably about 20 mins.
  7. Cut into small squares and enjoy.
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