An Old Fashioned Favourite Slice of Heaven
Do you have recipes that go off your radar? Especially some of the older easier ones ironically. I went looking for something to do with dates that I had leftover from Christmas. I was also looking for something that would be easy to transport to a regatta and easy to share with the endless cups of coffee that rowing parents drink to stay alert for that few short minutes when their child is on the water. Ta da! Date Slice! This recipe was given to me by my friend Louise. Now, it put some age context around it, I was amazingly impressed when I asked for the recipe and she printed it from her home computer!! That’s right – remember the days when a home computer was a novelty?? Anyway, this is a very simple and versatile slice. Perfect with a cuppa and just quietly, not too shabby warm with some ice cream on a cooler evening.
I started to make this and realised my slice tray had disappeared so had to make a quick dash to Wendy’s to borrow one. Don’t you love being in a friendly neighbourhood? I dropped off a few Bliss Balls for the interruption and then got to work with the dates. Roughly chop and place in a heat proof bowl. I had less than the required amount, so topped off with some mixed dried fruit also left over from Christmas. Add in some raw sugar, some water and lemon juice and microwave for 6 minutes. NB – if you are opposed to microwaving, you could place all these ingredients in a small saucepan and simmer over low heat until fruit is soft thick and pulpy. Stir and leave to cool.
Meanwhile, cream your butter and sugar. Again, raw sugar – I think this might be reflective of the times that the recipe was copied – we somehow thought “raw” sugar was healthier ha ha! If you don’t have raw sugar, please substitute for white or caster. Add in the flour and rolled oats and you are almost finished! Line a deep slice tray (20x30cm) with baking paper and press half the mixture into the bottom.
The second time I made this slice in my new tray, it took more than half the mixture. I suspect the tray is actually a little larger or I was not being so specific. Anyway, don’t stress, it all works out and you will see the difference in the look – taste is the same! Top base with cooled date mixture:
Then with the remaining mixture, crumble over the top, spreading as evenly as you can and pressing slightly into the fruit.
Pop into a preheated moderate oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until golden on top. Cool in pan then slice.
Can you see that thick layer of fruit- yum! And with all that fruit, well, its practically a health food, so treat yourself to two slices – go on – you know you deserve it!
- 250g dates, chopped
- ½ cup raw sugar
- 1 cup water
- juice of 1 lemon
- 200g butter
- ¾ cup raw sugar
- 1½ cups SR flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a 20x30cm slice tray with baking paper.
- In a heat proof bowl combine dates, ½ cup sugar water and lemon juice and cook on high in the microwave for 6 minutes. Stir and set aside to cool *
- Cream butter and sugar. Add flour and oats and stir until combined.
- Spread half mixture into prepared tray, pressing down gently. Spread with filling then top with remaining mixture
- Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown
Other dried fruit such as apricots or figs can be substituted for dates