Date Squares


Date Squares


When my parents come visit they have to drive three hours. They usually stay for one or two nights. I usually prepare my desserts in advance and they always request my date squares. I have to admit that I also love them. Sometimes I make a batch, cut it in small squares and freeze them for when I crave this dessert. 

In August I was invited to be a judge at the first Iron Pan Competition at the Upper Canada Village. It was a great experience and the food was so good. It was fun to see what is going on behind the scenes during these kinds of competitions. 

When I left the competition I visited the Village Store where they sell bread, cheddar cheese, jams, spices and marinades. I bought their flour, which was so fresh, and they told me to use it within three weeks or to freeze it. The date squares baked with this flour are more dense but just as good as with any flour. I can't wait to go back to buy more flour, it's a very good quality.

If you like dates as much as I do you may like these desserts:



DATE SQUARES

Ingredients
2 cups dates
1 cup water
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 3/4 cup oats
1 cup unbleached flour
2/3 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt

Directions
1- Preheat oven to 350F.
2- Place the dates, water and maple syrup in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and cook until thickened, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the lemon zest and the baking soda and mix well. Set aside.
3- Place a parchemin paper in a 9x9 baking pan.
4- Melt the butter in the microwave. Mix in the oats, flour, brown sugar, sugar and salt.
5- Place half of the flour mixture at the bottom of the pan. Cover with the dates. Top with the remaining of the flour mixture.
6- Bake in the over at 350F for 45 minutes. Let cool at room temperature for one hour before serving.



10 comments

  1. C'est tellement bon des carrés aux dattes!! J'ai une rage de dattes tout d'un coup en voyant ta belle photo:)

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  2. J'adore!
    I have never made w/ maple syrup..orange juice..yes..never maple syrup..These are my next:)

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  3. I really enjoyed this post–both the writing and the photos!

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  4. These squares look delicious! I used to visit Upper Canada Village when visiting my grandparents.

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  5. I love dates! They add so much natural sweetness and a great chew. Great recipe!

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  6. i love dates! this is a great way to get my kids to eat dates too. they look delicious

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  7. I love Date Squares but my Mom loves them more. What a great idea for my Mom for Valentines Day. I love that your recipe includes male syrup!

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    1. Debbie when I go visit family in Québec I always bring a batch of these dates squares. They love them with the maple syrup.

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