Date Butterscotch Slice

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Another school year underway, and so begins another round of fund raising opportunities with food.

Our first event for the year was our Welcome Night Movie on the Green.  Families come early for kids to eat and play until dark, and then everyone settled on the grass in front of a giant screen to watch Ice Age 4.  Even if you’ve seen the movie, it’s a wonderful way to start the school social calendar!

The key is to start the event early-  so that at some point in the proceedings pretty much everyone there decides they need something to eat!

One of my contributions to the night was this lovely slice.  It has vague pretensions to health, with dates and wholemeal flour, and isn’t too sweet. The texture is soft and slightly chewy, but not too heavy.

Date Butterscotch Slice

Recipe

  • 250g dried dates, chopped
  • 3/4 t bicarb soda
  • 190g butter
  • 1 1/2 c wholemeal flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 75 ml milk

Preheat oven to 180C. Line 20 x 30 cm baking pan with baking paper.

Place dates and 225ml water in a saucepan. Bring to boil.  Reduce heat and simmer gently for about 5 minutes or until water almost completely absorbed. Add baking soda and mix well. Set aside to cool.

Dates heating

Process butter, flour, baking powder, vanilla, eggs and milk in a food processor until well mixed.  Add the dates and mix until just combined. Pour batter into prepared tray.  Cook for 20 minutes or until skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.  Leave to cool.

Date Butterscotch Slice uniced

Topping

  • 50ml milk
  • 45 g butter
  • 3 T dark brown sugar
  • 125g icing sugar
  • toasted coconut to decorate

Heat milk, butter and brown sugar in a saucepan until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and add sifted icing sugar, stirring as you add it to avoid lumps.  Stir until very smooth and paler in colour.  Spread over cooled slice and top with coconut.

Date Butterscotch Slice2

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About baking bohemian

My name is Jen and I am the baking bohemian. My blog identity comes from the cultural background of my mother’s family, (Bohemian), and my mother’s more left wing lifestyle (bohemian). The big ‘B’ Bohemian refers to the rich cultural heritage of our family that emigrated from Bohemia when it was still its own country (it now comprises two thirds of the Czech Republic). Food featured prominently in the family and broader social life of that part of my family. No social interaction was without sustenance, and any celebration, large or small, was an invitation to cook up a storm. My own family emigrated from the United States to Australia when I was a child. For the most part we lived with our mother, and my dad eventually moved back to the US. The little ‘b’ bohemian relates to the semi-alternative lifestyle we led with our mother. I hesitate to refer to her as a hippy, for that conjures up so many misconceptions, but certainly she was on that side of the fence. She was probably more eccentric than radical at the end of the day, but she could really cook. We always set extra plates at the dinner table because inevitably people would visit at dinner time. I started cooking when I was about eight. Cookies. Obviously I was motivated by desire! I loved cooking, I loved that the kitchen was always, in every way, the heart of the house, so I was always part of anything else that was happening while I was cooking. I loved people loving my food. With all the different things that I have done in my life and am interested in, food has remained my most consistent and enduring passion.

6 responses »

  1. Jen, I love butterscotch and haven’t really seen anything with it lately. This looks delicious! I love the brown sugar and coconut topping too!

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