Grind dates in a blender for 7 to 8 minutes, adding a teaspoon of water at a time. You want it to be of spreadable consistency.
Spoon into an airtight container, and store in the fridge. It will keep for up to 3 days.
For The Cake
Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a loaf tin with butter.
Whisk together butter and castor sugar in a medium-sized bowl for 2 to 3 minutes, until soft and fluffy.
Add 75 gm date jam and combine well. Now, pour in the milk and give it a good mix.
In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder and baking soda together.
Fold these dry ingredients into the butter-sugar mixture. Toss in the chopped walnuts and combine to get a smooth batter.
Pour the batter into the loaf tin and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
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