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Heat the oil in a small frying pan and fry the onion with a pinch of salt until softened but not golden. Tip onto a plate and leave to cool. Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.
Meanwhile, put the breadcrumbs in a large bowl and stir in the milk and spices. Leave to soak for 5 mins, then stir in the sausagemeat, chestnuts, dates, sage and molasses. Season well. Fold in the cooled onions.
Tip the mixture into a lined or oiled 25cm x 15cm baking dish. Smooth the top and bake for 30 mins. Put the bay leaves on the stuffing and brush the top with a drizzle more of the molasses. Roast for a further 10 mins until golden brown (cover with foil if the sugar starts to catch) and the centre reads 70C on a thermometer, or a metal skewer comes out piping hot when inserted into the middle. Cover with foil and rest for 10 mins before serving.