This is a very old recipe, a delicious golden oldie which remains one of my favorites to serve family and friends. A favorite at coffee hour and potlucks as well.
- 1 lb dates
- 1 cup cold water
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice (can use realemon)
IN A LARGE BOWL
- 2 1⁄4 cups flour
- 3⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄2 cups margarine
- 1 1⁄2 cups brown sugar
- 2 1⁄4 cups oatmeal (I use Quaker Oats)
- In pot over medium heat bring cold water and dates to a boil, and simmer two minutes, until dates nicely softened.
- Add Brown sugar, simmer until sugar is dissolved.
- Remove from heat, blend in the orange and lemon juice and set aside while making crumb crust.
- CRUMB CRUST.
- In large bowl put in the flour, soda, baking powder, salt and blend with a whisk to mix.
- Add the brown sugar and rub in the margarine with the tips of fingers to mix.
- Add the oatmeal and mix well.
- Spread and pat half the crumbs in bottom of a greased 9x13 pan, saving the other half for the top.
- Cover base with cool date filling and spread evenly.
- Top with the rest of crumb mix.
- Bake at 325 for 30- 35 minutes or (until top nice and gold).
- Servings will depend on on the size of slice you wish to serve, small for the dainty tray or large and generous for dessert.
I usually always make my bars by memory but decided to follow your recipe . I am glad I did, came out very nice and not overly sweet at all. I did use the dark brown sugar Walmart brand that I had on hand it seems to have more molasses than others, and it worked out great. I also added some cinnamon to my crust. Oh and used a tsp zest in with the dates also. I will make these again I am sure many times.
Excellent! Made exactly as directed, didn't change a thing. Quick and easy to put together!!! Thanks again :) Made for PAC 2010.
This seriously brought back some fond memories! Thank you for posting this, I could not find my very old recipe and thought I would try this out. Very rich and satisfying. (I don't even have a sweet tooth) The lemon added a little something. Yummy