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Date and Raisin Squares

Date and Raisin Squares
YIELDS
16 servings
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Ingredients

2
cup chopped dates
1 ½
cup raisins
cup granulated sugar
1
Tbsp coarsely grated orange rind
¼
cup orange juice
2
Tbsp lemon juice
1
cup all-purpose flour
1
tsp baking soda
½
tsp salt
2 ½
cup rolled oats (not instant)
¾
cup packed brown sugar
¾
cup butter, melted
2
tsp vanilla
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Directions

Step 1

In saucepan, bring dates, raisins, sugar, orange rind and juice and 1 ½ cups water to boil, stirring. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring often, until mixture is thick enough to mound on spoon, about 10 minutes. Stir in lemon juice; let cool.

Step 2

Meanwhile, in large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Add rolled oats and brown sugar; blend evenly. Combine melted butter and vanilla; drizzle over oats mixture. Toss to moisten dry ingredients evenly.

Step 3

Press half of the rolled oats mixture into greased 9-inch square metal cake pan. Evenly spread date filling over base. Sprinkle with remaining crumbs; press lightly.

Step 4

Bake in centre of 350°F oven until topping is golden brown and firm, about 40 minutes. Let cool on rack. Cut into 16 squares. (Make-ahead: Layer squares between waxed paper in airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.)

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