date and walnut loaf

1 cup of pitted dates, chopped
1 cup of boiling water
1/2 cup golden syrup
1 1/4 cups of plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
3/4 cup rolled oats
1 1/4 cups chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a loaf pan with baking paper.
Place the dates in a heatproof bowl and pour the boiling water over the top. Pour in golden syrup and stand for 15 minutes.
Sift flour and bicarb soda into another bowl, add the oats and walnuts and stir. Add the date mixture and stir until well combined.
Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin and sprinkle with walnuts if desired. Bake for 50 minutes. Stand in loaf tin for about five minutes, then continue cooling on a wire rack.



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