Hip hip hooray! This coming week marks the last week of classes! Which marks the hopeful beginning of me cooking on a more regular basis. Actually, I probably won’t cook, or at least bake, much in the summer months because doing so turns my whole apartment into an oven. Not a pleasant experience.
I needed to bring a treat to class earlier this week and took the opportunity to pull out this VVG recipe from the recipe box Grandma gave me. I haven’t had these in years. When I described them to my neighbor she wrinkled up her nose and said, “Those sound healthy.” But when she took her first bite she exclaimed, “I thought these were going to be healthy. But they’re really good!” So there you have it. Don’t let the name of the recipe deceive you – these are not a healthy treat. In fact, with all the butter and sugar I might go so far as to suggest eating them in moderation (Note: Grandma wouldn’t make such a preposterous suggestion. She would have urged you to have another. What? You’re full? Well, just let it set and then you can have another.)
Date Bars (a Grandma VVG recipe)
1c. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
Crumb this together like a pie crust. Press half of mixture into a 9 x 13 greased pan.* Reserve remaining half.
1 lb. chopped dates (or 12 oz. is ok too)
1 c. sugar
1 c. water
Cook until soft. Then add a pinch of salt and a few drops of lemon juice and chopped nuts.** Cool. Spread date mixture over the mixture in the pan, then cover dates with remaining oatmeal mixture. Press lightly. Bake at 375º for 30 mins.
* Upon typing this recipe it occurred to me that I never greased the pan. Guess what? The bars did not stick to the pan. Perhaps it’s all the butter in the oatmeal mixture that saved me. Just a thought.
** I’m not exactly sure what kind of nuts or how many Grandma used. I used pecans because it’s what I had and probably used 1/3 – 1/2 c.