Monday 18 July 2011

Date Squares...Joe's Favourites

These are one of grandad Joe's favourite baked goodies. I only buy raw sugar and plain wholemeal/brown flour nowadays and use Baking Powder as the raising agent.

you'll need

250gms of chopped dates or a mix of dates and sultanas
1 cup of hot water
1/2 cup raw sugar
2 tablespoons of cereal such as Weetbix crumbled, corn flakes etc OR use 1 tablespoon of flour

Mix together in a small saucepan and stir over low heat for about 5 minutes until thickened.

Leave to cool as you make the crust.

1 1/2 cups of plain wholemeal flour
180gms of soft butter.

Rub butter into flour until it resembles breadcrumbs and then stir in

1 1/4 cups rolled oats
1 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
2 teaspoons of baking powder

I used my Nana Gardner(Nellie)'s old silver spoon to press half of the mixture into a greased baking pan measuring about 23cms x 32cms

Bake at 180 degrees celcius for around 30minutes, it will be lightly browned, and allow to cool completely before cutting and removing from tin. Eat and enjoy, lovely with cream or custard too.

Here's a loaf of Cape Seed bread that was baked in the breadmaker today.


  1. YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM I am so sneaking this recipe Sue, looks tasty and I love dates.

  2. LOL Sneak away,'s full of fibre too ;)