This is our most requested recipe. We have been making it since we opened over 10 years ago. Well Mum made it for the first year and when we finally convinced her to hand the recipe over she left an ingredient out, so it took a few attempts to get it right and I think we even made it better!

2 cups sugar
2½ cups dates
600ml water
1 cup sultanas
1 cup currants
2 cups walnuts

Boil the above ingredients for 5 minutes. Add 100g butter and allow to cool.


3 cups flour
3 tsp of baking soda

Put the mix in a large loaf tin and top with extra chopped walnuts.

Bake at 160°C for an hour or more. Test with a skewer. It is ready when the skewer comes out clean.

Cool before taking out of the loaf tin, and store in baking paper or wax wrap.

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  1. We have recently been to Tauranga & had a coffee at the cafe I took the magazine with me home & made the fruit loaf I halfed the recipe as there is only the 2 of us It was beautiful both my husband & I have some every day Could I make the whole recipe & make a Xmas cake from it I live in a retirement village & at Xmas give our neighbors a cake for Xmas this they will get this one I’m so pleased that’s where we had our coffee

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