Cuisine: Canadian
Author: Mrs Butterfingers
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 15 mins
An old fashioned but wonderfully decadent squares. It's deliciously healthy with a intense date filling and buttery oatmeal base and topping. An easy, fool proof treat.
  • 2½ generous cups pitted dates
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1½ cups large-flakes rolled oats (not quick cooking)
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter cut into small chunks - room temperature.
  1. Preheat oven to350F. Grease an 8 inch square baking pan with butter and line with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the dates (there is no need to chop them up, water, brown sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and stir in the baking soda. Continue to cook stirring occasionally until the dates are soft and lose their shape (about 5 min.).
  3. Remove from heat and allow the filling to cool completely.
  4. To make the crumble topping whisk together the oats, flour, salt and baking powder until combined.
  5. Add the butter and mix in with your hands until it forms a crumble.
  6. Divide the crumble in half and firmly press into the bottom of the baking pan using the flat base of a measuring cup.
  7. Gently spread the cooled date mixture over this base then sprinkle with the remaining crumble topping, pressing lightly.
  8. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the topping is a light golden colour. For even baking rotate the pan from front to back halfway through.
  9. Allow to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before removing from the pan and cutting into squares.
  10. The squares can be stored in an airtight container for about two 2 weeks.
  11. CHEF'S NOTE: For a delicious and different alternative you an use equal amount of prunes in place of the dates.
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