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Old 10-22-2013, 12:00 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone for the recipes and feedback. Both recipes sound more complicated than what my ex made.
Might have been a quick version of the same thing.
I remember the dish was easy, real easy and fast. But 30 years is a long time.

I have copied both formulas. Thanks
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:12 AM   #12
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One of our family's favourite desserts as a child!

I had one left in the house just yesterday, saw it in a bakeshop and couldn't resist buying this large square of yumminess ($3, 1.5 inches high by 3 inches square). Just went to take a pic of it for you - gone! (have a cookie-monster hubby in house).

I like to add a bit of scraped orange peel to the dates, and nuts into the crumb mixture.
My recipe: (for an 8x8 inch pan)
the crumble
1-1/2 cups oats
1/2 to 1 cup brown sugar (or sugar sub but ....)
1/4 butter (or more, if you're not restricted) or coconut oil to act as 'glue'
Sliced almonds, and/or chopped pecans- your choice. Sometimes I add seeds too, pumpkin or sunflower, and/or sesame.
Mix together with spoon or fingers, pat 1/2 on bottom of square pan, save remainder for topping.
the filling (mix in pot)
2 cups dry dates
one orange rind, grated into dates
1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar or substitute (not really needed)
a bit of water, if mixture gets too thick while cooking.
Boil on med-low until soft, stirring frequently.
Spread softened date filling atop bottom crust. Sprinkle remaining crumbs on top, pat down lightly (these tend to scatter once cut).
Bake in moderate oven for 30 mins, or more....until crust looks nicely browned.
Want to try this. Does "1/4 butter" mean 1/4 cup or 1/4 of a pound?

I had a lovely glass American cup measure with a glass citrus fruit squeezer on top that a friend brought me from one of his jaunts across the Pond and I knocked it out of the cupboard yesterday and it smashed ....Grrrr!
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Old 10-23-2013, 12:17 PM   #13
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oh, sorry.....should have read "1/4 cup butter" (but 1/2 cup (or even more) is much yummier....if you're not worrying too much about your heart).
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:00 PM   #14
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oh, sorry.....should have read "1/4 cup butter" (but 1/2 cup (or even more) is much yummier....if you're not worrying too much about your heart).
I worry about my other heart more than the one beating in my chest. Sometimes you just have to take a day and say, "What the heck!"
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:02 AM   #15
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You have an "other heart", Princess?.....what other heart and where is it?
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Old 10-24-2013, 08:10 AM   #16
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You have an "other heart", Princess?.....what other heart and where is it?
Your heart that breaks with sadness or leaps for joy...that heart. It needs nurturing, too.
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Old 10-25-2013, 01:07 PM   #17
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oh, sorry.....should have read "1/4 cup butter" (but 1/2 cup (or even more) is much yummier....if you're not worrying too much about your heart).
I expect that the rot will already have set in for my heart
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