Date Squares!. In a pot, bring the dates, water, lemon juice, and brown sugar to a boil. Add the vanilla extract to the dates and mix well. Add the dates mixture to a food processor and pulse until it turns into a paste.
Lightly pat with palm of hand to even out. Cool completely and cut into squares. The squares turned out be very good, very much like the recipe my mother used to make when I was a child. You can have Date Squares! using 12 ingredients and 10 steps. Here is how you cook it.
Ingredients of Date Squares!
- You need of Filling.
- You need 2 1/2 cup of Dates (pitted and chopped).
- It’s 1 cup of Water.
- You need 2 tbsp of Lemon Juice.
- It’s 1 tbsp of Brown Sugar.
- Prepare 1/2 tsp of Baking Soda.
- You need of Crisp.
- You need 1 3/4 cup of Rolled Oats.
- It’s 1 cup of All Purpose Flour (I used Unbleached).
- It’s 1/2 cup of Brown Sugar.
- Prepare 1/4 tsp of Baking Powder.
- It’s 3/4 cup of Butter (Room Temp).
The only thing I would change is perhaps to omit or put less of the lemon peel. I don't know if it's because my lemon was too big, but the date paste was a bit too lemony for my taste. Homemade Date Squares or Date Bars are already Vegan, and so easy to convert to Gluten-Free! Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature, then transfer to the refrigerator to chill completely, preferably overnight.
Date Squares! step by step
- Preheat oven to 350℉ and grease a square 8×8 baking pan and line the bottom with parchment paper (this makes sure the squares won't stick to the bottom on the pan).
- For the filling, in a saucepan bring the dates, water, lemon juice and brown sugar to a boil, add baking soda and let it simmer for 5 minutes (you should have a thickened date mixture and all the dates will have broken apart) take off heat and let it cool while preparing the crisp.
- In a large bowl combine together all ingredients except butter and mix these together well.
- Cut in the butter and mix together until you have a crumbled mixture.
- Firmly pack half of this mixture to the bottom of your pan.
- Next layer on all the cooled date filling.
- And sprinkle the remaining crisp on top and once all evenly coated, very gently press down to pack it a bit.
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until the top looks golden brown.
- Let it sit and cool for several hours before cutting the bars or they may fall apart if you cut them too soon!.
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