publication date: Sep 5, 2013
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Date Bars

Dairy Free and Gluten Free

My mother used to give me these; although we called them 'matrimonial bars' instead! Soft and chewy, they are great in lunch boxes, or when warm out of the pan.  Another gem from Betty Crocker.

 

Date Filling

Mix 3 cups of cut up dates, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 1/2 cups water in a saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly for about 10 minutes or until thickened.

Oat Bar

1/2 cup soya or sunflower margarine (I prefer Pure available at Sainsbury's and Waitrose)

1/4 cup lard (Trex)

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 3/4 cups plain flour (Dove Farms Gluten Free Mix if you're like me...)

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cup oats (Nairn's Gluten Free, or Sainsbury's Gluten Free Oats)

Prepare the date filling and allow to cool

Preheat oven to 400° F

Grease baking pan 13x9x2 inches

Cream marg, shortening and sugar

Mix in remaining ingredients

Press half the mxiture evenly in bottom of pan

Spread with filling

Top with remaining crumble mixture, pressing lightly

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until light brown

While warm, cut into bars



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