The date. Strong and subtle. Pair him with sugary, oats-y goodness and you have the perfect escort for your next potluck.
Preheat oven to 350F.
- 1 pound dates, diced
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter, cut into small pieces
Pour dates, water, and sugar into large saucepan. Stir and place over high heat. After filling starts to boil, reduce heat to medium and stir occasionally. Allow to simmer for five minutes. When done, remove from burner and set aside.
Place remaining ingredients into a large bowl. Using a pie cutter, cut ingredients until they combine into a loose crumble.
Press half of crumble mixture evenly into a 9X13 pan. Set remaining crumble aside. Pour and spread date filling evenly over bottom layer of oatmeal crumble.
Top date filling with remaining loose crumble mixture evenly (do not press down).
Bake for 35-40 minutes. The top should be golden brown and filling should be bubbly hot. Allow to sit until cooled to room temperature and filling has a chance to firm up a bit. Cut into squares.
The season of reunions and picnics is quickly upon us, so let us not forget the decadent date bar. You will never be let down.