Stay Warm With Hearty Date & Oat Squares

The snow may have started to melt, but comfort food is definitely still on the agenda in these chilly climes. Cosy up with a heart-warming snack in front of the fireplace this weekend, and wait for Spring to creep in and bring the warmer weather.  This week, The Cake Hunter has a delicious and cheering oaty recipe that is sure to bring a smile to freezing faces.

  • Stay Warm With Hearty Date & Oat Squares
For the date filling
    • 300ml water
    • 240g dates
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the oaty crumble
    • 160g plain flour
    • 50g semolina
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 200g dark brown sugar
    • 100g oats
    • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 190g butter

    “These little oaty date squares are the perfect antidote to the weather we’ve been having. They’re sweet, crumbly and buttery goodness all in one little bite. The semolina adds a great texture to the crumble and the date filling is rich without being too sweet. Cutting them into little chunks is the best way to eat them. Stack them up on a pretty plate, brew a pot of tea and wait for the sun to arrive.”

    Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease and line a square baking tin or ceramic dish and set aside. Simmer the water in a heavy bottom pan then add the dates and vanilla. Keep simmering until the mixtures becomes thick, stirring occasionally. This should take around 10 minutes. Leave to cool until it reaches room temperature. Whilst the filling is cooling, mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add in the butter and, using your fingertips, rub the cubes of butter into the flour mix until clumps start to form. It should look like a rough crumble topping. Take half of the mixture and press it into the bottom of the baking dish. Spread the date mix on top and sprinkle the remaining crumble mix over. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the edges start to brown. Let cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into squares.

    For more delicious recipes, head over to The Cake Hunter blog. We can’t wait to have a go at Sophie’s plum & almond spelt galette, a hearty and wholesome dessert perfect for winter dinner parties.