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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

date and nut bars


Here's another one for the Valentine's choc box. Or just on a regular weekday afternoon with tea. Or as a reward for being a fabulous helper boy in the kitchen, and because Mama adores me. Yep. We love these bars. Delish. Tastes like something expensive but really isn't.

This recipe is kinda hard to attribute to any one place. I've seen variations of it in several "Old English" cookbooks. You know, the type you find on holiday in Scotland or Oxfordshire or something, in one of those old touristy stone building tour gift shops. I've taken a recipe that has been reliable for us and doubled the choc.

Okay, super easy to make but don't taste easy. (I love that combo, in case you couldn't tell yet.)

Date and Nut Bars:

4 oz (1/2 c) soft butter
5 oz (1/2 c) white sugar
4 oz self raising flour (use 1/2 c plain flour + 1/2 tsp baking powder)
1 egg, beaten
8 oz chopped dates
4 oz chopped walnuts or almonds
8 oz plain (semi sweet) chocolate



Preheat oven to 350 F.

In a bowl, either by hand or in a mixer, cream butter and sugar together. I like to do things fully by hand wherever possible so usually I just do it in a bowl with a wooden spoon.

Add flour, egg, dates, nuts. Mix well. If the batter seems a little too stiff, you may add 1 Tb milk.

Spread into a 7x11 inch pan, greased and lined with parchment. Not required to line the dish, but trust me. It's easier later.

Bake 30 mins at 350 F.

Once you take the cake base out of the oven, smelling it's golden goodness all through your house and reminding your toddler that it's very, very hot, too hot to eat yet, melt your choc and spread over the top of the still warm base.

Let cool all the way, until the chocolate sets again. Use a properly sharp knife to slice into bars and store as you would do cookies.


Thank you, Mama. I love it. See? Yummy!


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