Orange Espresso Date Squares

Orange Espresso Date Squares

Yield: 24 bars
Time: 45 minutes
Cost: <$10

Oat Crumble:

2 1/2 cups flour
4 cups rolled oats
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
360g melted butter (3/4 lb)

Stir dry ingredients together. Add melted and cooled butter and stir to combine.

Date Filling:
1 kg dried, pitted dates
1 c up brown sugar
1 tsp alt
4 shots of espresso, or 1 cup of strong brewed coffee
1 orange, juice and zest
6 tbsp butter
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Chop each date in half ensuring there is no pit.
Combine dates, sugar, salt, coffee, orange juice and zest in large pot.
Bring to boil to soften dates, making sure it’s not too mushy, you still want some chunks!
Off the heat, add butter and vanilla extract. Let cool.

Firmly pat 1/3 of the oat crumble mix into the bottom of a parchment lined baking tin. Spread a thick, even layer of date filling topping on top and sprinkle on the remaining 2/3rds of crumble mix on top.

Bake 350f (160C) until golden. Cool and cut into 24 squares.  freeze.

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Author: Kara Lalalala

I write this blog for my family cause I am terrible at letters & emails.

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