Just as the title suggests this is a really simple Easy Date Slice recipe. I'm a big fan of sticky date pudding, so I decided to make bars (or as we call it here in Australia "a slice") with the same flavours. They are super moist with a slightly dense but crumbly texture.
If you like dates, you'll LOVE these. The first batch went down a treat with the taste testers (my parents).
I shouldn't be surprised that this was a recipe mum and dad enjoyed - especially my mum who loves sticky date pudding...there was the infamous incident of my now husband sharing a slice of sticky date pudding (1 dessert 2 spoons style) with his prospective mother-in-law one evening when the four of us were out to dinner.
He thought he was doing the right thing when the idea was floated - maybe she wants dessert but doesn't want to eat it all? She would feel guilty leaving some on the plate? I assume that's what went through his chivalrous mind - he's like that, a total gentleman.
To this day Peter still laughs about how little of that sticky date pudding he actually got to eat, and refuses to share a dessert now with anyone at all - me included! I think it's a case of once bitten...
Please enjoy my version of sticky date in moist, crumbly, tender slice.
Looking for another quick and easy date recipe? Why not give my Easy Date Scones a go! Moist, fluffy date scones in an easy mix recipe, no need to rub the butter into the flour - just mix and into the oven!
PS When I mentioned to mum that I was going to include an anecdote about her (getting editorial permission!) in this post, I didn't even need to tell her which story I was going to use - she guessed straight away!
Some of my other simple Melt & Mix recipes:
Easy Date Slice Recipe - Melt & Mix
- 1 ½ cups or 200g chopped dates dry not fresh
- 1 ⅓ cups or 200g self raising flour - sifted
- ⅓ cup or 70g light brown sugar
- 150 g salted butter - cubed
- 2 tbsp. golden syrup
- rind of 1 lemon - finely grated
- Preheat oven to 180c or 350f.
- Grease and line an 18cm x 18cm or 7inch x 7inch (base measurement) baking tin and set aside.
- Combine butter, sugar and golden syrup in a medium heatproof bowl (place a piece of kitchen towel/paper on top but not touching the contents - this will save your microwave from splatters).
- Microwave on high for 1 - 1 ½ mins until butter is melted, remove from microwave and mix to melt sugar and combine.
- Meanwhile place flour, dates and lemon in a medium bowl, mix to combine.
- Add melted butter mixture to dates and flour, and mix well to combine.
- Bake for 13 - 15 mins, until top is golden brown.
- Allow to cool in tin for 30 mins before cutting into 12 squares.