Date, orange and walnut cake

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Appears in

A Cook’s Year in a Welsh Farmhouse

A Cook’s Year in a Welsh Farmhouse

By Elisabeth Luard

Published 2011

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Make this spicy cut-and-come-again cake with bitter Seville oranges, as used for marmalade: these are the ancestors of all our citrus cultivars. You’ll find them in season and in the shops from mid-January to the end of February.


  • 500 g self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp


Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4.

Butter a large loaf tin and line with buttered greaseproof paper.

Sift the flour into a roomy bowl with the salt and spices, then mix in the dates and walnuts. Beat the butter with the sugar till pale and fluffy. Crack an egg