I love the combination of Dates and Walnuts, that is excellent for cookies, cakes and anything. These slices don’t look sophisticated but they are absolutely delicious. You would need a cup of tea or coffee!
20cm Square Tin
*If you use a larger tin, make more Filling and Crumble.
1 cup Chopped Dried Dates
1/2 cup Hot Water
1/2 cup Walnuts
125g Butter *softened
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup Self-Raising Flour
1 cup Instant Porridge Oats OR Rolled Oats
Place chopped Dates and Hot Water in a large heat-proof bowl, heat in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes, and set aside. You can do this process using a saucepan. Bring it to the boil and cook for a few minutes, then set aside.In a separate bowl, mix Butter and Brown Sugar until smooth. Add Self-Raising Flour and Oats, and mix well.Preheat oven to 170°C. Line the base and sides of a 20cm (OR a similar size) square cake tin with baking paper.Stir the softened dates and make into paste. Chop up Walnuts and add to the dates and mix well.Press half the Crumble into the base of prepared tin. Spread the dates mixture evenly. Kneed the remaining Crumble to make it like cookie dough, then break into crumbs and cover the date mixture. Gently press down.Bake for 40 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool and cut into slices.
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