I made these when my friend Claire and her husband came to visit. I wanted to bake something nice for them to eat but I had quite a busy week before their arrival so I needed an easy recipe. I’ve been craving date slice for a while and had always wanted to make these – there’s not too many ingredients and steps to play with so this was perfect for the situation. Most of the ingredients you’ll probably have in your store cupboard. Maybe not the dates but these can be purchased in most supermarkets nowadays.
The dates in this tray bake gives a nice caramel taste and the oaty crumb makes a nice texture so that it’s not too sickly to eat. Definitely ok to eat more than one slice!
- 150g plain flour
- 125g butter
- 100g rolled porridge oats
- 100g light brown sugar
- 150g chopped dates
- 125g cold water
- dash of lemon juice
- pecan nuts for topping (optional)
- Pre-heat the oven to 200°C / 180°C Fan.
- Cut up the dates into small pieces. Put the dates, water, and a dash of lemon juice in a small pan and simmer over a gentle heat until most of the water has disappeared. Stir now and again.
- In a large bowl throw in the plain flour, oats, butter, and sugar. Rub all the dry ingredients together until it reaches a crumbly state.
- Spoon half the mixture into a lined tin (I used my usual rectangular tin which was too big for this amount so I only filled one side of it). Press the mix firmly down into the tin.
- Next spoon the dates evenly over the top. Then spoon the remaining crumb mix over it.
- You can crush some pecan nuts over the top or another type of nut of your choice (optional).
- Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until golden.
- Leave to cool completely in the tin before cutting and serving.