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Date Bars from the Seventies Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Elizabeth Crawford
Added: Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
Crust and topping

2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups flour, sifted
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 c brown sugar, packed
3/4 c unsalted butter at room temperature

Filling
3/4 pound pitted dates, quartered
1/2 cup water
1/2 lemon juice
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

Directions:
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, Fahrenheit.

Sift the flour with the salt and baking powder; add oats, brown sugar and butter, combine to create a "crumble." Pat 1/2 the mixture in the bottom of a 9 inch square baking dish. Bake for 12 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine dates, lemon juice, water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and simmer slowly for approximately 10 minutes until mixture has reduced some and is thick but still spreadable.

Pour date mixture over crust, spreading evenly. Top with remaining oat/flour/sugar mixture.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until top is lightly toasted. Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Cut into squares.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
A whole bunch
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
1 hour
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
A friend and I used to make and sell date bars when I lived in Santa Barbara. I have lost the original recipe. This is the most recent attempt at recreating it. The recipe can stand a bit of tweaking. The contrast between the lemon juice and dates is very good and the "crumble" is amazing.

 

 

 

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