Step 1: Ingredients
1-11/2 cups chopped dates (if the dates are really dry use just 1 cup)
1/2-3/4 cup walnuts chopped up
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 cup honey - i use clover but you can use any type you like. If its hard - warm it up to make it runny
3/4 boiling water
2-3 drops of vanilla
11/2 cups plain flour
Step 2: Method-part 1
in a bowl place your chopped dates.
Pour over the boiling water and leave to sit for about 5-10 minutes. This will ensure your dates are properly hydrated and wont end up being little burnt lumps at the end.
Step 3: Method - part 2
Once dissolved add the walnuts, vanilla, salt and baking soda. stir everything till mixed well.
Step 4: Method - part 3
Step 5: Method part 4
Step 6: Preparing to bake..
Spray with oil spray and line the long sides with baking parchment. The oil spray will help stick the parchment to the pan.
Pour in the mix - divide evenly between the two pans (if you are using two)
Even out the tops with a spatula. Make sure that there are no nuts or dates right at the top - they will burn.
Step 7: Baking
if you are baking in two small loaf tins then bake for 30mins
if you are baking in one large loaf tin then bake for 45-50mins
To test doneness probe the centre of the loaf with a wooden/bamboo skewer - the skewer will come out clean when done.
Remove from oven and set aside for 5 minutes before turning out on a rack to cool.
Use a butter knife to free the sides up if they have stuck.
Slice into 1cm slices using a serated bread knife and enjoy.