In case you don't have reservations for your favorite restaurant this Valentine's Day I invite you stay in with this sweet 'date' substitute. This is one date you won't regret spending the evening with! Just don't expect them to pick up a bottle of wine, or the check.
This recipe was found in "Our Favorite Recipes", a collection of wonderful old fashioned recipes from West Bend, Wisconsin. I picked it up on a recent trip and I am in love with the simple, wonderful recipes. This particular recipe was submitted by Agnes Schultz. Enjoy!!
DATE BARS (16 BARS)
- 1-1/2 cup chopped pitted dates
- 2/3 cup water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1-1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1-1/4 cup quick oats
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup pastured butter
- 1 pastured egg well beaten
Preheat oven to 350°. In a small saucepan cook dates, water, sugar, and lemon juice until thick, about 8 minutes, cool.
Combine flour, brown sugar, oats, and salt. Mix well, cutting in butter to coarse crumb stage. Spread ½ crumb mixture in 9x9 pan. Cover with filling. Spread with remaining crumbs. Brush with beaten egg. Cook 20-25 minutes in preheated oven. Cool and cut in bars.
Reader Comments (3)
O my; butter, dates & oats! Love the source; wonderfully nostalgic!
I love old fashioned recipes like this. I'm always perusing old bookstores for treasures like these. Happy V-day!
So glad you ladies like these! I can not wait to try them with rhubarb. The book is wonderful. I should scan in some of the illustrations that go along with the beautifully hand-written recipes. Too cute!
Happy belated Valentines Day to you both! M
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