This is what happens when hubby buys two kilograms (thats about 4 pounds) of dates. Even though dates are dates, they can still go out of date, and four pounds worth is a bit much to process without an action plan.
We schemed to make something chock-full with the fruit. Bars of natural energy, for the quick pick-me-up on the go. Thus we forged this crumble stratagem.
This crumble recipe is pretty good the first bite, really yummy the next, and stays that way up until your third piece. Then you might get tired of its nice, but rather monotone flavor. Never before has it been so true that food, at least this particular kind, is best enjoyed while sharing with others.
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Serves: 10-12 servings
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290 gr date(s) (chopped and pitted)
240 ml water
50 gr sugar
185 gr butter
220 gr brown sugar
150 gr flour (all purpose)
1/2 teaspoon(s) of sodium bicarbonate
150 gr rolled oats
Line a pan (30x20 cm/12x8 inch) with parchment paper.
Pre-heat your oven to 180°C/360°F.
Combine the dates, water and caster sugar in a saucepan.
Cook, stirring from time to time, until the dates have absorbed all liquid.
Beat the butter with the brown sugar until light and fluffy.
Sift the flour and sodium bicarbonate over the butter mixture.
Stir until well combined.
Add the rolled oats and gently mix them in.
Spread out half the mixture in the pan.
Spread the date mixture over the top.
Crumble the remaining oat mixture over the dates.
Bake for 40 minutes.