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Valley girl asked me for my Date Bars recipe, here it is:


250ml water

200g (stoned weight) chopped dates

175g plain flour

0.5tsp bicarbonate of soda

175g soft light brown sugar

100g porridge oats

175g diced butter

Pinch of salt

200mm x 200mm cake tin


1. Line the cake tin with grease proof paper.

2. Place water and chopped dates in medium saucepan and bring to simmer. Cook for about 10min uncovered on a low heat until the date mixture is very soft and thick by stirring and prodding. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

3. Sift flour, bicarb, sugar and salt into large mixing bowl. Add the oats and butter and using fingers rub it all together into moist little clumps like the top of a crumble pie.

4. Firmly press half of the mixture into the bottom of the cake tin smoothing over with the back of a spoon. Spread the date mixture evenly over this, then sprinkle the remaining oat mixture over this and flatten gently with back of fingers.

5. Bake in pre heated oven at 180 C for approx 40 mins or until golden brown on top.

6. Allow to cool and cut into bars. Can be frozen.

7. Got me to Cardiff and back together with flapjacks recipe already supplied!