Date Slices

Makes 12:

227g (8 ozs) softened butter
4 fl ozs water
227g (8 ozs) dates, chopped
2 fl ozs orange juice
113g (4 ozs) rolled oats
2 tablespoons clear honey
140g (5 ozs) wholemeal flour
½ teaspoon mixed spice

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Method:

  • Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F /  GM4)
  • Lightly grease shallow 8” square tin and line with parchment.
  • Add chopped dates to water and orange juice in pan and simmer gently for 15-20 mins, until soft.
  • Add honey and mixed spice and mash all together with wooden spoon: Set aside to cool.
  • Cut butter into small pieces and rub into flour and oats to resemble course breadcrumbs.
  • Divide crumbly mixture and press half firmly into bottom of lined baking tin.
  • Spread date mixture evenly over crumble mix using palette knife or back of spoon.
  • Add remaining crumble mix on top and press down firmly.
  • Bake in centre of fan oven for approximately 20-30 mins (adjust times according to your oven)
  • Remove from oven and mark into squares whilst still in tin (mix will be very soft and crumbly)
  • Leave to cool and harden in tin before carefully removing.
  • Peel away parchment and cut up into 12 squares.  Place on cooling rack to complete cooling process.
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