I’ve literally been meaning to post this recipe for about 5 days, I’m so sorry! I don’t know if I’ve been lazy or just been slammed busy or a combination of the two, but this has been on my to-do list for so long and I’m only just getting round to it now, so forgive me for the lack of new food recently! I have good excuses to be fair, I’m on the netball team and in a play and I have a lot of work for university as well as working a part-time job, so it’s becoming increasingly hard to make time for blogging, but I still love you all and will try and keep up with posting regularly :)
This is a date slice I found in an old book I have, and it’s really nice! I made it for my mum and sister when I was visited at uni a few days ago and it has the seal of approval, me and my mum ate quite a lot of it, and I’ve finished it completely now and it’s only been a few days, which is a good sign! It’s STILL AUTUMN despite everyone going nuts over Christmas already, so I thought I’d do an autumnal cake in order to persuade you guys not to get too crazy about winter just yet – autumn’s my favourite season and it’s so under appreciated!
By the way, I used an odd recipe from an English book, but it uses cups?! I just used a standard tea mug, and that worked for me, but American cups would work as well I think… Very strange way of doing it, sorry!
Just under two cups of oats
Just over one cup of flour
200g of margarine
One slightly heaped cup of caster sugar
Half a teaspoon of salt
Two cups of dates
One cup of orange juice
- Heat a pan of the dates and orange juice and let it simmer for 10 minutes or until the dates soak up all the juice.
- Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees, grease an oven-proof dish, and mix all of the other ingredients together. Literally just put them all in a mixing bowl and stir until it all clumps together.
- Press half of the mixture into the tin and pack down solidly. Spread the dates over the top of this (they should be quite smooth because of the orange juice but mash them up a bit if they’re not), then spread the rest of the oats on top – I sprinkled it over like you would with an apple crumble.
- Bake for 20 minutes until golden.
Serves about 10 slices
P.S. Speaking of the play I’m in before, it’s Sweeney Todd and it’s looking to be absolutely incredible, so if you live near Lancaster, England you should see if you can come along on 6th, 7th or 8th of December!