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Tip the dates into a heatproof bowl and pour over 150ml of just-boiled water. Cover and leave to soak for 30 minutes. Once cool, blitz with a hand blender until smooth, or transfer to a blender. Butter a 2-litre baking dish.
Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Beat together the butter and 100g of the sugar using an electric whisk until pale and fluffy. Mash two of the bananas in a separate bowl and whisk in the eggs and vanilla. Add the banana mixture into the butter and sugar, then fold in the date purée and flour to make a batter.
Heat the double cream in a medium pan with the rest of the sugar and 200ml of water until the sugar has dissolved.
Tip the batter into the prepared baking dish. Halve the remaining banana lengthways and arrange it on top, cut-side up. Scatter over the nuts and pour over the cream mixture, then bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden and risen. Leave it to rest for 10 minutes before scooping into bowls and serving with ice cream.