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November 14, 2007

Date Bars

I had been thinking for a long time about this month's A Fruit A Month (AFAM) event. Do I have a recipe that I can share? Do I try making date pancakes? Or should I stick to good old bhel puri? I thought about it for a while and then thought some more. And I remembered this recipe that's been in my drafts for almost as long as I can remember.


This is one more of Amma's recipes. She learnt this at baking class. It is relatively easy to make and tastes so good that you really have to exercise self control to not eat up the entire batch when it is freshly made.


For the base:


2 cups Flour

1/2 cup Butter

4 tbsp Powdered Sugar

2-3 drops Almond Essence


For the topping:


150g Dates

4 1/2 tbsp Flour

1/2 tsp Baking Powder

A pinch Salt

2-3 drops Almond Essence

3/4 cup Brown Sugar

2 Eggs

1 tsp Lime Rind

2 tbsp Raisins

2 tbsp Chopped Nuts

1 tsp Vanilla Essence


Combine all the ingredients for the base. Press the mixture into a tray that is greased and lined with butter paper. Bake at 170 C for 20 minutes.


Meanwhile, chop the dates and cook with 1/4 cup water until soft. Allow to cool. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Beat the brown sugar along with the eggs. Mix in the flour mixture, dates, lime rind, almond essence, vanilla essence, nuts and raisins. Spread this over the baked base and bake again for 25-30 minutes at 170 C.


You really have to make these and sample them to realize how yummy they can be. (As always, the pictures aren't exactly the best.) I am sending this to Chandrika of Akshayapatra for this month's AFAM.

22 comments:

Suganya said...

Your mom rocks, Raaga. From pizzas to date bars, is there something she doesn't know?

Saju said...

wow, those date bars look sooo good, pass one over here please

Srivalli said...

they look so yum!..good ones

Nandita said...

Raaga, so this another of Amma's recipes - looks lovely, i love those multilayered bars and i do have plenty of dates on hand as of now :)

Nags said...

that's so lovely. i am still figuring out what to make!

Happy cook said...

You guys are so fast in posting for the event.
The date bars look wonderful.

Asha said...

If you had checked Aroma, you would have been surprised!:D
Date bars looks yummy, mine is lot different! Great entry Raaga!:))

Richa said...

d-lish! they look so good, raaga! save some for me puhleez :)

a request - can u get rid of the word verification if possible, takes too many attempts to comment, tx sweetie!

Laavanya said...

These date bars look wonderful. Thanks to you and your mom for sucha great recipe Raaga.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks yummy Raaga...nice entry:))

Seema said...

I love dates, sure if i were doing this sweet all would be gone!!

Jeena said...

Yummy date bars. :)

Mansi Desai said...

This looks great raaga!! reminds me of khajoorpak that my nani made:)

Shella said...

Nice recipe Raaga. I really have a good amount of dates at home, which I dont know really what to do with. I am going to try your recipe.

Namratha said...

Looks delicious Raaga!

sagari said...

bars look soo yummy raaga lovely recipe

Kribha said...

That looks so yummy and delicious. Nice recipe and pic.

Sia said...

this is the 3rd date bar i came across today and i am surely enjoying it:) ur mom rocks raaga...

Cynthia said...

Your mom is a treasure trove of great recipes.

Menu Today said...

Hi Raaga,
Recipe sounds good..

Vcuisine said...

Raaga the date bar and mava cake are so good. Will try some time. It looks simple too. Nice pictures. Viji

Raaga said...

Hey all... yup, this one's a keeper :) and so are most of Amma's recipes :) I'll pass on all your kudos to her