dimanche 18 octobre 2015

Jam dandy date bars (The great american bake sale)

     Make an extra batch of date jam before baking these. It's wonderful on a slice of warm cinnamon toast !

Makes 3 dozen
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter or margarine
Date jam
  • 1½ cups (8-ounces package) chopped pitted dates
  • ¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon brandy (optional)
  1. For the date jam, combine all the ingrédients of the date jam in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil ; simmer 5 minutes until mixture resembles a thick paste ; cool.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, nuts and salt ; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  3. Reserve 2 cups for topping and press remainder into bottom of greased 9 x 13-inch pan ; spread with cooled date jam and sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
  4. Bake 25 to 35 minutes until golden.
  5. Cool completely, then cut into bars.
Note : Try doubling this date jam recipe for special gifts. Pack jam into sterilized jars. Decorate tops of jars with squares of gingham, tied with twine.