Know as Matrimonial Cake in some parts of w
Having past our 34th wedding anniversary I like (and understand) the description of the Matrimonial Cake.
Hope you like these bars, a recipe from my tattered old Five Roses Flour cookbook.
1 lb pitted dates, chopped
1/2 cup hot water
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
zest of 1/2 orange
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup brown sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup butter or margarine
Prepare filling. Combine dates, hot water, orange juice, brown sugar, lemon juice and zest in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until dates are soft and water is absorbed. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Let cool.
Meanwhile prepare the crumble. Combine dry ingredients together in a bowl. Work butter in with 2 knives or better yet a pastry blender until crumbly.
Spread half the mixture in bottom of a greased 9" square pan and pat down firmly. Cover with date filling. Pat down remaining mixture on top.
Bake at 375 F for 30 minutes.
Cool in pan and cut into squares.
I always double this one! Freezes well too.