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Date and Walnut Slice

An old fashioned Date and Walnut slice recipe. An Aussie favourite with a delicious Arabic twist.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian, English, middle eastern
Keyword: date and walnut slice
Servings: 36 pieces
Calories: 153kcal


  • 2 slice tins (27 x 7cm)



  • 115 grams butter
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups desiccated coconut
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 3 teaspoons bicarb soda
  • 250 grams pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 100 grams chopped walnuts

Rosewater fondant

  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons rosewater
  • 1 drop pink colouring
  • handful dried rose petals (optional for decorating)


  • Prepare date paste by combining chopped dates, water and vinegar in a saucepan, bringing to the boil and simmering for 5 minutes or until the mixture reaches a paste-like consistency. Set aside. 
  • Preheat oven to 170 degrees celsius (fan-forced).
  • Cream butter and sugar in a stand mixer.
  • Add egg and beat again.
  • Mix in milk, flour and bicarb soda, and coconut, alternating after adding about 1/3 of each.
  • Grease two 27 x 17cm (approx) slice tins.
  • Take 2/3 of the mixture and divide evenly between the two slice tins. Press mixture into the bottom of the tins.
  • Spread date paste as evenly as possible onto mixture in tins then sprinkle with chopped walnuts.
  • Divide the remaining mixture into half and roll out each half with a rolling pin. Carefully place onto the top of the date and walnut layer. Trim around edges so it fits nicely in the tin. 
  • Pierce top layer with a fork, leaving a 4-5cm gap between piercings.
  • Place slice tins in oven and cook slice for 15-20 minutes or until golden on top.
  • When cold, combine icing sugar, rosewater and pink colouring and drizzle over slice. 
  • Cut into squares and remove from tins. Sprinkle with dried rose petals.


Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.8mg