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Recipes

Date squares

Carres Aux Dattes

A spicy version of this Quebec grandmothers' classic!

Date Filling

  • 3 cups pitted dates, chopped roughly
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or ½ tsp vanilla caviar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar (cassonade)

Oat crumble

  • 2 cups oat flakes
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar (cassonade)
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 Tbsp Gingerbread Spice, ground
  • ¾ cup butter, soften

Method

  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 350 F.

  2. 2

    Put all the date filling ingredients in a pot. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for a few minutes, stirring, until the filling resembles a consistent purée. Set aside.

  3. 3

    In a bowl, mix the oat crumble ingredients together, except for the butter.

  4. 4

    Add the butter and mix.

  5. 5

    Put half the crumble mixture into a 20 cm square baking pan lined with parchment paper. Press it down firmly.

  6. 6

    Spread the date filling on the pressed crumble.

  7. 7

    Cover with the rest of the crumble and press it lightly.

  8. 8

    Bake in the oven for 50 minutes.

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