Monday, March 05, 2007

Date Squares

Okay so I know that these aren't the things that normal people eat... then again when you have a container of fresh dates what do you do? I've been reconsidering this recipe contest, I don't have the energy to cook all these recipes, and then of course eat them. Maybe with time, I can start perfecting recipes so that they will be ready for this occasion whenever further contests come up.... so be for warned the next dinner party may include a "dish in training"

1 large container fresh dates - depitted, roughly chopped - Medjool, preferably, Whole Foods sells them in a small and large container in the refrigerated section
1 apple chopped small
zest and juice of lemon and orange
1/4 cup brown sugar - if you want...
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp vanilla
pinch salt
1-2 cups water

3 cups rolled oats (preferably large flake)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 - 1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oil
1 cup chopped walnuts

Bake 350

Combine the dates through to 1-2cup water in a saucepan - start with a cup and go from there, you will need to add water, and stir frequently - you want a thick paste to form. Don't worry about lumps, you can either keep them or puree them out with a food processor. Once thickened set aside and allow to cool.

Mix the dry ingredients up to and including the oil, stir until combined, add water as necessary to get a somewhat sticky crumble mix. Take 2/3's and press into 9x9 or similar sized baking pan, forming a crust - if your mix isn't wet enough, this is when you'll know. Add the cooled date mix, and then top with the nuts and crumb mixture. Bake 25-30 minutes, until golden

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