Canadian oatmeal date tarts
1 pound pitted dates, chopped
3/4 cup hot water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice or vanilla
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups quick oats
1 cup brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter or margarine
Makes 16 squares.
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 8-inch-square pan. Combine dates, hot water and brown sugar in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until dates are soft and water is absorbed. Add lemon juice, mix and allow to cool.
Meanwhile, combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Work in butter with two knives or a pastry blender until crumbly. (I had to knead the stiff dough a bit to make it spread evenly). Spread half the pastry mixture in bottom of the prepared pan and pat down with a fork. Cover with date filling. Pat remaining pastry mixture on top. Bake 30 minutes. Cut into squares while still warm and cool in pan before serving. Makes 16 squares.
Per square: 296 calories (36 percent from fat), 12.2 g fat (7.4 g saturated, 3.2 g monounsaturated), 30.5 mg cholesterol, 2.9 g protein, 46 g carbohydrates, 3.3 g fiber, 244.3 mg sodium.