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I have not yet tried this, but it is from an overdue library book (From Our Mothers' Kitchens) and I want to return the book tomorrow, so need to get the recipes I want to try copied down, pronto. I love the idea of adding the orange juice and zest in with the dates in this old-fashioned recipe.
- First, make filling.
- In a heavy saucepan, combine dates, sugar, water, orange juice and grated orange rind.
- Cover pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until dates are tender and all the liquid is absorbed; this will take 15 to 20 minutes.
- Let mixture cool.
- Preheat oven to 375F; lightly grease a 9-inch square cake pan and set aside.
- To make crust, stir together flours, soda and oats.
- In a mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar together, then add in the flour mixture and stir until crumbly and moist.
- Pat two-thirds of the mixture into the prepared pan, then spread cooled filling evenly over this base.
- Sprinkle with remaining flour mixture, evenly over entire surface, and then pat in lightly.
- Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the edges just begin to turn golden.
- Let cool slightly before cutting into bars or squares.
These bars are just right !! Very buttery and just a hint of orange . I LOVE them . They will be great on a cookie or pastry tray . They taste like a million dollars but , are really a snap to fix ! Even someone who thinks they don't like dates should try them . I think you would be pleasantly suprised !