Appliances Online have a Bake and Win blog competition running at the moment, they give…
This weekend I decided I would make food for the gods. This is a recipe that I remember from when I was very small. My mum always used to make it when she had dinner parties as one of a choice of things for deserts, and I always used to hope that no one would choose it so there would be some left over. I reached for my trusty creche cookery book, a magical book that contains recipes from my childhood, but you will not find on any bookshelf store, and tragedy it was not there. I searched my extensive row of cookbooks and still could not find it. As a last resort I searched online and found a recipe for them.
In case you are wondering these are date and walnut bars. They are chewy and lovely and very moreish. Luckily these were nearly as nice as I remembered and my son agreed with me. I am sure they contain about a zillion calories though so I will only be making them as a special treat. In case you want to give it a try, here is the recipe:
- 1 cup of plain flour
- Quarter teaspooon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 cup of chopped dates
- 1 cup of melted butter
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- two thirds of a cup of white sugar
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- half a teaspoon of vanilla essence
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 35oF, 175 C
- Line a rectangular baking tray with paper
- Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl
- Put the melted butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla essence into another bowl and mix.
- Add the honey to the mixture
- Fold in the flour, then add the dates and walnuts
- Bake in the oven for 35 – 40 minutes. A skewer should come out clean when inserted but it should still be chewy in the centre.
I am lucky enough to have a set of American cups for baking. If anyone knows a recipe with grams or ounces that would be great and I would love to know it. In case you are wondering a cup of melted butter worked out at about half a bar of normal sized butter, I did wonder how to measure it before melting. In the end I used trial and error.