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A classic melt and mix Date Slice recipe made from just 6 basic ingredients and requiring only 10 minutes preparation time!

Date Slice

A classic melt and mix Date Squares recipe made from just 6 basic ingredients and requiring only 10 minutes preparation time! An old fashioned favourite!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Slices
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 20 pieces
Calories: 142kcal

Equipment

  • Microwave or Thermomix
  • Oven

Ingredients

  • 150 g butter chopped
  • 70 g (⅓ cup) brown sugar firmly packed
  • 3 tbs golden syrup
  • 200 g (1 ⅓ cups) self-raising flour
  • 220 g dates dried, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1 tbs grated lemon zest zest from approx 1 lemon
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

Conventional Method

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius (fan-forced).
  • Grease and line a 20cm square baking tin with baking paper and set aside.
  • Place the butter, brown sugar and golden syrup into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat on 50% power for 2-3 minutes or until melted.
  • Add the self-raising flour, chopped dates, lemon zest and salt and stir to combine.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared baking tin and cook for 15 minutes or until lightly golden and cooked through.
  • Allow the slice to cool completely in the tin before cutting into pieces.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Thermomix Method

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius (fan-forced).
  • Grease and line a 20cm square baking tin with baking paper and set aside.
  • Place the butter, brown sugar and golden syrup into the Thermomix bowl. Melt for 3 minutes, 80 degrees, Speed 2.
  • Add the self-raising flour, chopped dates, lemon zest and salt and mix on Reverse, Speed 4, 5 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and repeat for a further 5 seconds or until combined.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared baking tin and cook for 15 minutes or until lightly golden and cooked through.Allow the slice to cool completely in the tin before cutting into pieces.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Video

Notes

RECIPE TIPS
Melting: You can melt the butter, golden syrup and brown sugar in a microwave, on a store-top or in a Thermomix.
How to chop dates: The easiest option is to use a food processor or Thermomix and pulse until chopped (make sure any pits are removed first!!). If chopping dates by hand, use scissors or a small serrated knife to cut into pieces. If your knife or scissors are getting sticky, coat them in flour and continue chopping.
Types of dates: I generally use dried pitted dates in this recipe but you can substitute them for medjool dates if you prefer. 
Serving: This recipe is delicious served on it’s own at room temperature. Alternatively, you can serve it warm for dessert with a scoop of ice-cream or drizzle of cream or custard. 
Storage: Store the slice in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 2 months. 
Leftover dates: Leftover dates can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 months or in the fridge for 6-12 months. 
Thermomix Tip: If you'd like to chop your dates in the Thermomix, simply place them in the bowl before starting the recipe. Chop by pressing Turbo in 1 second bursts (until they are the chunkiness you desire). Remove from the bowl and set aside until needed. 

Nutrition

Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.2mg