500g dates 10ml (2 teaspoon) bi-carbonate of soda 500ml (2 cups) boiling water 375g butter 500ml (2 cups) brown sugar (trea-cle) 10ml (2 teaspoon) vanilla essence 4 eggs 250g (2 cups) cake flour 1250g (2 cups) self raising flour 10ml (2tsp) baking powder Pinch of salt 125ml (½ cup) walnuts
Place dates in a bowl and add the bicarbonate of soda. Cover dates with 2 cups of boiling water and allow cooling. In a separate bowl cream butter, sugar, vanilla essence and slightly beaten eggs. Add flours, salt and baking powder to creamed mixture and blend thoroughly. Lastly add dates (with water) and nuts mix thoroughly. Pour batter into two lined, greased loaf pans and bake for 1½ hours at 300f/150c until skewer inserted comes out clean.