A Sweet Eid Date Square

The festival of Eid is celebrated by Islamic devotees in every corner of the world, as platters of divine food are served to be shared with friends and family. This tradition is observed by many, regardless of culture and creed. While savouries on Eid are often in conversation, we present to you a Sweet Eid Date Square to complete a much-needed sugar feast, adding the perfect dessert in conclusion of the festivities for the day. Easy to make and absolutely delicious, this date square is certain to leave your family and friends in awe.

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • Chopped dates of your choice – 425g
  • Water – 250 ml
  • Lemon juice – 20ml
  • Brown sugar – 2 tablespoons
  • Baking soda – ½ teaspoon

For the crisp:

  • 7 Star All-Purpose Flour – 150g
  • Quick-cooking oats – 175g
  • Brown sugar – 160g
  • Baking powder ¼ teaspoon
  • Softened, semi-salted butter – 170g

Let’s Get Started!

  • Preheat your oven to 180C degrees, placing the wire rack in the middle position, and line an 8-inch tin with parchment paper and let it hang over both sides; butter the remaining two sides.

Filling

  • Add the dates, water, lemon juice and brown sugar to a bowl and bring it to a boil.
  • Add baking soda and let it simmer for 5 minutes while stirring with a wooden spoon until the dates have fallen apart. Leave it aside and let it cool.

Crisp

  • In a separate bowl, add the oats, 7 Star All-Purpose Flour, brown sugar and baking powder; combine well. Add the butter to the mixture and stir well to combine.
  • Spread half of your crisp mixture on the baking tin to form the bottom layer, top it with the date filling layer and add the remaining crisp mixture as the top layer.
  • Bake your sweet Eid dessert for 55 minutes until golden brown and leave it to cool for approximately 4 hours.

Cut the baked Eid date squares into equal pieces and share with your friends and family in the true spirit of Eid.

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