New term, new classes! It’s been quite crazy, with so much learning and refreshing on my old statistics material. Sometimes I just wanted to throw my laptop out the window! But it’s calming down a little, and I even had some time to bake up some date squares! I really like the addition of ginger in this.
- 2 cups packed, pitted, and coarsely chopped dates
- 1.5 cups water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups old fashioned/rolled oats
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 baking soda
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1.5 cups coarsely chopped walnuts/pecans
- 1/2 cups finely chopped crystallized ginger
- 1/2 pound (2 sticks) salted butter, cubed, at room temperature
- In a small saucepan, bring dates and water to a boil over medium heat. Reduce to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until dates are cooked into a thick jam (about 15 minute).
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Let cool
- Preheat oven to 350F. Butter a 9-inch square baking pan.
- In a large bowl, stir the oats, both flours, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Stir in nuts and ginger. Add the butter and work with your fingers to make the mixture crumbly and well-combined.
- Press half the crumb mixture firmly and evenly into the prepared pan. Spread the date filling on top, and sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture over the top and press gently into the filling.
- Bake until edges are starting to brown and the filling feels set when you press the top with a fingertip- about 1 hour.
- Let cool and then enjoy!
Adapted from “Baking for Friends”