Two weeks ago, a friend from Hongkong sent me three packs of pitted dates and a pack of dried yellow raisins. Eating the pitted dates direct from the plastic pack is not really an option because I find them too sweet to my liking. I searched the internet for a simple bar recipe for dates. What do you know, it came out really yummy. As usual, I reduced the sugar since the dates are naturally sweet.
If you want to try this, here’s the recipe.
You would need:
1 1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups chopped pitted dates
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup dark brown sugar (reduced it to 3/4 cup since the dates are sweet)
1 cup old-fashioned oats (I always use rolled oats when baking)
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup (equal to 1 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, diced, room temperature
Preheat oven to 350 °F. Rub butter on an 8 x 8 inch baking pan. Set aside. Bring 1 1/2 cups water to simmer in a saucepan. Add dates, simmer until very soft and thick, stirring occasionally, about 5 to 10 minutes. Cool to room temperature then stir in vanilla.
Combine flour, oats, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl, stir to blend. Add butter. Using fingertips, rub in until moist clumps forms. Press half of oat mixture evenly over bottom of prepared pan. Spread date mixture on top. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture by pressing gently. Bake until brown at edges and golden brown and set in center, about 40 to 50 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a rack. Cut into bars and serve.