Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Date Bar Squares Recipe

1 cup  brown sugar
1½ cups  all purpose flour
1½ cups old fashion oatmeal
1 tsp  baking soda
3/4 cup  butter
1/4 tsp  salt

1 lb dates
1 cup  water
1 tsp  lemon juice
Prepare the filling first by simmering the dates, water and lemon juice in a saucepan for about five minutes until thickened and evenly smooth, stirring constantly.

Allow to cool.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt and cut in the butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
Mix in the sugar and oatmeal.
Layer half of the crumb mixture in the bottom of a 9 inch  square, greased baking pan and press down to make a firm layer.
Spread the cooled date mixture evenly over this and top with remaining crumble mixture.
Bake for 35 - 45 minutes until the top just begins to brown. Cool completely, cut into squares.

Mom use to make these for an Italian wedding tray, they are delicious, sweet and I convinced myself with oatmeal and dates they were actually healthy for me... problem is you can't eat the whole pan yourself  (smile) ....
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