My baking list for this year is:
Vanilla Walnut Crescents
Butter Tart Squares
Yesterday I made some Date Squares. This isn't the most Christmassy goodie but I really like Date Squares and I hardly ever make them. Also this is one of the more healthier recipes I make for Christmas. It is full of good fibre, iron, and magnesium.
Without further ado here is the recipe:
5 cups (2 3/4 lb/1.25 kg) pitted dates, coarsely chopped
Finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
1 1/2 cups water
3cups quick oats
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter, melted
For filling: in saucepan combine dates, lemon rind and juice, and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes or until dates are very soft. stir mixture well to mash dates.
For crust: in bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir in melted butter until thoroughly combined and crumbly.
Pat half the crust mixture onto bottom of lightly greased 9 inch by 13 inch baking pan. Spread filling over crust evenly, sprinkle with remaining crumbs. Bake in preheated oven 350*C for about 45 minutes or until deeply golden.
Cool before cutting into squares. I then place them in paper muffin cups.
I make this recipe pretty much as written. I didn't have a lemon on hand though so I just put some bottled lemon juice in the filling. Also I like oats so I added an extra cup without changing any of the other ingredients. I imagine this might have made the crust a bit more crumbly but that was okay by me. Enjoy!
What are you baking this Christmas?
Here the girls are making Sweet Potato Whole Wheat Gingersnaps.