Friday, May 22, 2009

What's better than a date square?


I am a salty ..not sweet person..But ask me what one of my 5 all time favorite dessert recipes is..
A date square.
I love Ann Lindsay's w/ coffee as an ing..
I love maybe 3 other recipes....and my friend Robert's aunt's recipe..:)

Her little tip..included using the freshest algerian dates you could find..what a huge difference to the usual supermarket ones that were packaged months and months and months ago..
Apples and,wait...dates and dates:)

Your usual crumble w/ the flour butter brown sugar and oatmeal..
But the freshest dates.. and simmered in water or 1/2 half with orange juice..

I used 450 gr. of pitted dates.. and 1 1/2 cups of half and half oj and water..(Original recipe one cup..)simmered till softened and almost jam like.. added a bit more water..

The crumb base..
was 1/2 cup of flour mixed w/ 1 cup butter..added 1 cup brown sugar and 2 cups oatmeal..

All my date square recipes vary and I can just tell what needs more or less of as I am making them:) A trade inner secret I guess:)

Regardless..once you get the knack..they are foolproof keepers..and faves~

Baked at 375 until golden.

The Ann Lindsay ones w/ coffee are equally as good..more ingredients though~
I love Ann Lindsays' recipes.


  1. Date bars are one of my all-time favorite treats from forever ago too! What fun to visit and see all the wonderful dishes you've prepared over the past two weeks. You've been one busy, creative gal!!

    I see your garden has awakened beautifully too :)

  2. A Date Square is better than a Square Date ;-)

    I agree about the dates...there is a big difference. These look like a winner for summer cookouts and parties.



  3. I love dates! These look so good. I'll be on the lookout for Algerian dates now.

  4. They look delicious and moist!
    Happy weekend, Monique..

  5. This reminds me of a dessert a Canadian friend of mine used to make called "Matrimonial Bars."

  6. Those look wonderful Monique!
    Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Superbes carrés ! QUand j'en trouve, je me précipite sur les grosses dattes dites "Medjoul" que l'on trouve parfois en vrac, par ici ! Seulement voilà, elles sont tellement bonnes que je n'ai pas le temps de les cuisiner ! ;o)) J'en garderai néanmoins quelques-unes la prochaine fois ... ;o)