My Perfect Date…Square

My mom loves date squares but no one else will venture near the freshly baked pan (good for my mom, but it means more baking for me in order to please the others!) So to save myself the time and extra cost of ingredients it takes to make multiple treats; I went on the search to create a date square that pleases everyone. From what I have gathered, date squares are an acquired taste because of the often tangy taste of the dates, which are often combined with orange juice and somewhat stringy or paste-like texture of the date filling.  But no more! Listed below is a recipe for improved buttery sweet date squares! It is a fairly standard date square recipe ( similar to http://southernfood.about.com/od/dessertrecipe1/r/bl11209a.htm) with a couple tasty tweeks.

Crust

  • 3/4 cup of butter
  • 1 c of brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 c of flour
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 1/2 c of oats
  • a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup of walnuts or pecans or both!

Date Filling

  • 3 c of chopped honey dates (I find these dates a bit sweeter)
  • 1/4 c of sugar
  • 1 1/2 c of water
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla (others have used maple)

The Mix Up

-Butter up your 13 X 9 pan (My motto is always lots of butter!)

-In your first medium sized bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar

-In your second bowl mix together flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg, then stir into the wet ingredients. Stir in all of the oats…then on to the filling:

-Combine dates, sugar and water over low heat & stir consistently til the mixture appears syrupy and thick (about 5-7 min.)

Pat half the crumb mixture in the pan, then evenly spread in the date filling before finishing it off will the rest of the filling on top.  I sautéed up both chopped walnuts and pecans in a  bit of butter and sprinkled them on top for an extra savoury crunch before throwing the pan in the oven

Bake at 400 for 30 min, then A viola! Cut while still warm and enjoy a sweet, buttery date square.

Presentation Tip: A nifty way to serve date squares in the spring/summer seasons, is to arrange them carefully so that they fill a clean, parchment paper lined, terracotta pot.  Once they are arranged, “plant” vibrant and colourful fake flowers in the squares.  The toasted nuts and textured of the crumble top look exactly like dirt. But no worries my foodie friends, while these squares make look like dirt, they taste like anything but!

Enjoy!

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  1. I am the mom and the date squares were delicious and no I didn’t have to share. They freeze nicely and have a lovely crunchy texture.


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