Wednesday, December 5, 2012

it 's a date ! slice

Get it? It's a date! slice . . .

Couldn't help myself.

This is one of those magical recipes I received from my mum in-law in Australia. Again, it's not really a blondie and it's not shortbread, either. It's this magical in between land of soft and firm, sweet but salty, and it's chocked full of DATES! Jordan! Can I get an 'amen!?'

I recommend this dessert for any occasion. It's totally acceptable for a brunch with some strong coffee, it's sweet enough for dessert, and it's really simple to make... so go for it.

*a lot of recipes in Australia call for self-raising flour, which i realize is not a common household item here in the States... not to fear, just follow my instructions on how to substitute for it*

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour mixed with 2 tsp baking powder & 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 stick (4 oz) salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup dates, pitted and well chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line a 9x6 pan (if you don't own a 9x6, as it is an unusual size, use an 8x8). In a medium size bowl, combine the flour mixture and sugar. Then using your hands, rub in the butter until it's well combined.
Press HALF the mixture into the bottom of the pan and use the bottom of a glass to pat it flat.
Add the dates, beaten egg and milk to the remaining mixture and stir well.
Pour the mixture over the pressed bottom and bake for 30 minutes or until slightly golden on top.

Slice it up in little squares and serve this fabulous treat! You'll be the happiest hostess on the block. ;)



  1. How funny that you posted this today! We have this great Hispanic market nearby and I almost bought dates there on Sunday! Now I have a reason to go back and get them. :)