Oh. My. Goodness….. are you ready for Date and Oat Slices
These bars, they will BLOW your socks off and if they don’t, you must not be wearing socks. Buttery oat shortbread pastry crust with a ripple of sweet dates which taste exactly like toffee caramel. Topped with even more shortbread pastry stuff, the bars literally melt in your mouth.
It’s quite amazing that this exact recipe is 60 years old! In those days, there was no mucking around with fancy recipes and equipment, just butter, sugar and an oven.
This is quite a different recipe to the “norm” on BtD, this recipe has been passed down the generations from my gran and now to me. It is from the Scottish side of my family and when my gran was growing up, during and after the war, she kept a recipe book, full of classic and “interesting” recipes.
She gave the book to me a couple of years ago and have read it cover-to-cover, inside out and back-to-front, all of the recipes were so different to the ones nowadays. I can’t believe how easily overlooked this gem of a recipe is, even though I adore dates, I was very skeptical about these bars.
However, my gran asked me to make them, to rejig her memory. I quickly found the book and rustled them up. As they were baking in the oven, the kitchen filled with gloriously buttery toffee smells which I was positive I have smelt before. I don’t even like shortbread but as soon as I bit into the slightly warm gooey bar, my mouth was flooded with flavor.
These bars are so easy to make and will probably remind you of your granny’s or mum’s baking. From about the age of 5, I started baking with my dad and my mum would watch from afar.
This will probably sound so sad but my parents rarely baked for my sister and me as I was always in the kitchen baking up either some inedible mess or a chocolate cake with my dad.
But, I do remember my granny baking a plain butter cake and topping it with either water icing or lasing of Nutella. That cake was such a treat! Once a month, she would give us “the red tin” which contained the freshly baked cake and the 5 of us would have a slice each, always with a glass of milk.
These date slices just work so well, the contrast of the crust and filling is so moreish and rich and they are so easy to make. These bars contain such simple ingredients so it is vital that you use the best quality ingredients. Fresh unsalted butter and caramelly dates add so much flavor and decadence to these slices that it will be hard to stop eating them after one bite!
If you make my Date and Oat Slices Recipe, be sure to take a photo and tag me @onlinefoodblog on Instagram or Twitter. I would love nothing more than to see your creations!
8 ounces pitted dried dates Store the slices in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
How do you make Date and Oat Slices
1/4 pint water
4 ounces self-raising flour
4 ounces rolled oats
4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
2 ounces golden caster sugar
2 ounces granulated sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
Try out our Date and Oat Slices recipe and post your results below in the comments…
8 ounces pitted dried dates
Store the slices in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.