Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins
There's only one thing wrong with this old recipe of my Mother's...it never goes far enough! Trust me..it's delicious!
- 125 g margarine
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1 cup dates
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda (Bi Carb)
- 1 tablespoon cocoa
- Place dates in a microwave proof jug with water.
- Cook for 3 minutes on high.
- Cream the margarine and sugar.
- Add the hot date mixture and beat well.
- Add the flour, cocoa and Soda.
- Bake in a greased square slab tin (7 x 7") 200°C for 15-20 minutes.
- Leave in tin to cool then cut into bars.
- HINT: Delicious if topped with a lemon icing while still warm.
Yumm! Quick, easy and delicious. Used a little bit of brown sugar instead of all white sugar. Not too sweet, hard to stop at one piece.
I made it up in muffin pans for my Lady and she quite liked them done that way. She tells me that they are firm on the outside and moist and chewy inside (I don't like dates, you see). However, as cup-cakes, they sink (dramatically) in the centre which is fine for family, but may not be what you want. I cooked the dates on the stove top until nice and mushy; I don't know why it never occurred to me before, but I used a blending wand to cream the butter and sugar - it worked like a charm; I misread "hot" as "half" and I mixed half the dates in with the blending wand, which made a nice smooth texture. I then stirred in the other half. Did it make a difference to the final product? I have no idea; Normal methods of testing for doneness didn't work - using a toothpick just deflated them (which happens anyway) and they weren't firm when they were done. I just guessed and seem to have got it right. They also freeze well.
These are absolutely fantastic!!!! The flavour is almost like bonfire toffee. It is absolutely delicious and moist. I only got one out of the last batch cos the family ate them all in record time!! Just about to go and make some more. Thanks tomboy for a great recipe.