Monday, January 15, 2018

Date Squares

These old fashioned date squares,
as a dessert or snack
date squares are always a favourite.




Ingredients

FILLING

1 lb. pitted dates chopped.
(I use a box of Jaffa
dates 500g.)
1/2 cup hot water
1/4 cup brown sugar
pinch of salt
1/4 cup orange juice
Rind of 1/2 orange
2 tsp lemon juice


CRUST
1 3/4 cups quick cooking rolled oats
1 cup flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup semi-salted butter softened.

PREPARATION

With the rack in the middle position, preheat oven to 350 deg. F
Line a 8 in. square baking dish with a strip of parchment paper,
letting it hang over both sides.
Butter the other two sides.

MAKE THE FILLING
Chop up the dates

Combine dates, hot water, sugar, salt, orange juice, orange rind and lemon juice together in a saucepan.
Cook over medium heat until dates are soft and water is absorbed.
About 5 minutes. Let cool.



CRUST
In a bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar and baking powder.
Add the butter and stir to combine.







Spread half the crisp in the pan and press firmly.


Layer with the date mixture.


Cover with the remaining crust and press lightly.

Bake for about 55 minutes or until the crisp is golden brown.

Let cool on a wire rack for about 4 hours or overnight.

Unmold and cut into 9 to 16 squares.