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Raspberry Date Squares

Raspberry Date Squares

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These raspberry date squares are the perfect amount of fruity sweetness and will quickly become a new date square favourite. Medjool dates are mixed with fresh raspberries to enhance and sweeten the jammy filling and then sandwiched between an old fashioned, crunchy, oat crumble.

Ingredients

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Filling

  • 2 cups (390 g) Medjool dates, lightly packed – pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup (250 ml) water
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pint (170g) fresh raspberries

Crumble

  • 1 1/2 cups (135 g) large flaked oats
  • 1 cup (150 g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (160 g) brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (170 g) unsalted butter, softened

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line an 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, letting the parchment paper hang over the sides. Set aside.
  2. Pit and chop dates. Add water, lemon juice, brown sugar and dates to a large pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Turn down heat to medium low and simmer for approx. 5 minutes, stirring constantly until dates start to break down.
  3. Add baking soda, stir to combine.
  4. Add raspberries and continue to cook until mixture has thickened and water has evaporated. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Make your crumble. In a large bowl add oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix to combine. Add half of the butter in chunks and rub/mix into flour mixture. Add the last of the butter and mix/rub until incorporated. See images above for reference.
  6. Add half of the crumble to your prepared pan and spread out evenly while pressing down firmly with your fingers.
  7. Next, add raspberry date filling, spreading out evenly.
  8. Add the rest of the crumble to cover the top.
  9. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes or until crisp and browned and the middle has set.
  10. Let rest for 2-3 hours or overnight before cutting into squares.

Notes

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

To make plain date squares eliminate the raspberries and add an extra 1/2 cup of dates.

See blog post for more tips.

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