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Lightly butter and line a 2lb loaf tin. Heat the oven 160C/140C fan/gas 4.
Place the butter, dates and bicarbonate of soda in a mixing bowl and pour over 150ml boiling water. Stir then leave to stand for 10-15 mins for the dates to soak and the butter to melt. Beat in the sugar followed by the egg. Sift the flour and baking powder over the top, then gently fold in along with the chopped walnuts, until well combined.
Spoon into the prepared tin and level the top before pressing in the reserved walnut halves. Bake for 45-50 mins, until a skewer comes out clean when the cake is tested. Allow to cool in the tin for 5 mins, before turning out and cooling fully on a wire rack.
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