A spicy version of this Quebec grandmothers' classic!
- 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)
- 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
Preheat oven to 350 F.
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.
In a bowl, mix the oat crumble ingredients together, except for the butter.
Add the butter and mix.
Put half the crumble mixture into a 20 cm square baking pan lined with parchment paper. Press it down firmly.
Spread the date filling on the pressed crumble.
Cover with the rest of the crumble and press it lightly.
Bake in the oven for 50 minutes.