I love using dates in baking because it allows you to reduce the amount of sugar needed due to their natural sweetness and because as we know they are a great nutritional source of antioxidants, fibre and can help balance blood sugar.
However, all that aside dates in slices, cookies and cakes just taste amazingly goof! With school going back and the weather getting cooler, there is nothing better than a soft crumbly warm slice with some butter on it to pair with a cup of tea of coffee and sitting back and soaking in the winter sun.
This recipe is one of my favourites. I make it so often that there is a high chance if you drop into my house you will be offered this with a cuppa! Its amazing right out of the oven and can store for a good 3-4 days in an airtight container where you can cut yourself a slice and heat it up in the microwave.
The slice is crumbly but does not fall apart as you eat it and you get the sweetness of the golden syrup, dates and sultanas and the added depth and crunch of the oats. It would have to be my favourite mid morning snack and morning tea for the kids to have at school.
For all the parents out there this recipe freezes beautifully so its the perfect addition to your lunchbox stash in the freezer for bulk cooking!
Prep 10 min // Cook 30 min
2 cup chopped pitted dates
1 cup water
1/4 cup caster sugar
185 gram butter, chopped, at room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoon golden syrup
1 1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 1/2 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup diced apple
¼ cup sultanas
¼ cup shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line a slice pan with baking paper.
Add dates, water and caster sugar to bowl and cook 5 min/100d3g/sp3 until the water has been absorbed and set aside to cool.
Add butter, brown sugar and syrup and mix 10sec/sp4 scrape down sides and repeat until light and fluffy.
Add the flour and bicarb soda and mix 6sec/sp3.
Add oats, sultanas and apple and mix 6sec/sp4/reverse.
Pour half mixture in the pan and top with the date mixture. Add remaining mix over the top and sprinkle coconut over and press down lightly.
Bake for 30 min until golden and cool and cut into slices.
NON THERMOMIX METHOD
Preheat oven to moderate, 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Lightly grease and line a 20 x 30cm slice pan.
Combine dates, water and caster sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, 10-15 minutes, until dates have absorbed most of the liquid. Set aside to cool.
Meanwhile, in a bowl, using an electric mixer, cream butter, brown sugar and syrup together, until light and fluffy. Sift flour and soda over butter mixture. Fold lightly through.
Mix gently in the oats, apple and sultanas until combined through.
Press half the oat mixture into base of prepared pan. Spread date mixture over the top.
Top with the remaining oat mixture and sprinkle coconut over the top and press down slightly.
Bake for 30 min and slice when cool.