Monday, January 15, 2018

Date Squares

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



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

1 3/4 cups quick cooking rolled oats
1 cup flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup semi-salted butter softened.


With the rack in the middle position, 
preheat oven to 350 deg. F
grease and line a 8 inch square 
pan with parchment paper.
If you want thinner squares,
use a 8 x 12 pan. 

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 5-8 minutes. Let cool.

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

Spread half (1/2) of the crust

 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 top crust is slightly brown.

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

Remove from pan and cut into 9 to 16 squares.

They freeze well.

Thanks for your visit xo