My nanny was a fabulous cook. I remember most of her cooking quite fondly, especially her date squares. When I was in elementary school, each afternoon I would walk to Nanny’s house, and she would be waiting with lunch ready for me. We would chat, and watch Batman and Fun House, and then she would waive me off, and sing, “Off you go, into the wild blue yonder!” as I walked back up the hill to school. I haven’t eaten a date square since she died.
Mom sent me this recipe (basically the Purity recipe, with extra dates). I opened the carton of dates today, and the smell hit me. I picked up my knife and put it down. I put the dates back in the carton. Then I dumped them out again. For a moment it felt like I was back in Nanny’s kitchen. But I opened my eyes, and there was just me, and a pile of dates, waiting to be chopped. Would these be close to my memory of her date squares?
To Make this Recipe You’Il Need the following ingredients:
Nanny’s Date Squares Recipe
1 ½ cups oatmeal
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter (not too soft)
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp soda
1 tsp vanilla
1 ½ cups flour
Mix all ingredients together until they form a crumble. Press half into an 8 x 8 pyrex dish.
1 pound dates
1 cup water (or substitute ½ cup orange and ½ cup water)
¼ cup brown sugar (optional)
Cook over medium low until mixture is soft.
Spread over bottom half of crumble. Top with remaining mixture.
Cook at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
Can use lemon pie filling instead of dates.