Traditional Newfoundland Date Squares - Bonita's Kitchen

  • Published on:  12/10/2014
  • Welcome to Bonita's Kitchen! Today we will be making Date Squares, made with boiled dates and so much more.




    500g Chopped dates
    3 tbsp butter
    3 tbsp brown sugar
    1 1/2 tbsp vanilla
    2 cups cold or boiling water


    2 cups roll oats
    2 cups flour
    1 cup of unsweetened coconut
    1 cup of brown sugar
    2 tsp baking powder
    1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, cut in small cubes.


    - Preheat oven to 350°, lightly grease your pans, or line your pan with parchment paper.

    - Making your filling,
    -In a medium pot add a pack of chopped dates, 3 tbsp butter, 3 tbsp brown sugar, 1 1/2 tbsp vanilla, and 2 cups of water. Start the pot boiling on medium heat, stir occasionally for about 15 minutes or until filling is thickened, then remove from heat.

    - Making your crumble
    -In a large bowl add 2 cups roll oats, 2 cups white or brown flour, 1 cup brown sugar and 1 cup unsweetened coconut, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 1/2 cups of cubed unsalted butter. Mix all ingredients together with your hand until all is evenly incorporated together.

    - Layering your pans, in a 11 x 14 inch pan or 7 x 11 inch pan or both, start by sprinkling your crumble mixture on the bottom layer of your pans about 1/3 inch thick, press the crumble mixture down on this layer.
    - Then take about 3 or four scoops of your date mixture and put on top of your crumbles, spread evenly over your crumble mixture.

    - Next step sprinkle another layer of crumbles mixture over the top of the date mixture. Don't press this layer down just sprinkle over the dates.

    - Bake your date squares in a pre-heated oven for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from heat let cool then cut in 2 x 2 inch squares.

    (Please note: I have two errors in my video, the first error is when I'm making the filing I said 2 tbsp of butter and the recipe said 3 tbsp, and when making the crust I said to use 2 tbsp of baking powder and my recipe said 2 tsp, I apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may have cost, Bonita . )

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