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Date and Almond Bars - January, 2023.

Dates possess a sweetness which gets ramped up when paired with orange juice.

I love these bars for the homemade and old-fashioned qualities.

Even if your grandmother never made these, give this recipe a try.

Substitute pecans or pistachios, if you want.

  • Ingredients
  • FILLING
  • 1 ¾ cups pitted and coarsely chopped dried dates
  • ¾ cup freshly squeezed orange juice (1-2 oranges)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup blanched slivered almonds (or substitute)
  • BATTER
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ cups quick cooking oats (not instant)
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter almost at room temperature – cut into even pieces
  • Directions
  • Grease a 9” square baking pan with butter or cooking spray. Dust with flour and tap out the excess.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • For the filling - bring the dates, orange juice and granulated sugar to a boil in a medium-sized saucepan over high heat.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes. The mixture should be thick.
  • Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the almonds and set aside.
  •  
  • For the batter sift the flour into a large bowl.
  • Stir in the oats, brown sugar and salt using a spoon.
  • Add the butter pieces, one at a time, and mix well. The dough will be crumbly.
  • Finish mixing with your hands to get a smooth consistency.
  • With your hands, press half of batter evenly into the prepared baking pan.
  • With a spatula, spread the filling evenly on top of the batter.
  • Sprinkle the remaining batter on top of the filling.
  • Press down with a fork. Don’t worry if the surface is uneven.
  • Bake for 30 minutes until the top is light brown and the edges are slightly pulling away from the sides of the pan.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for at least one hour. Cut just before serving.
  • Makes 12-16 bars.
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Product will stay fresh for 7-10 days at room temperature. Serve at room temperature.
If desired, refrigerate immediately for 3 weeks or freeze for 3 months.

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