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Crunchy Ginger Date Square with Apple Butter

Here you have a very simple date square on which the crust is made partially with ginger snaps cookies. It’s amazing how well the ginger, dates, and apples go together.
By Bryan Pickard

Crunchy Ginger Date Square with Apple Butter

Crunchy Ginger Date Square with Apple Butter
 
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Here you have a very simple date square on which the crust is made partially with ginger snaps cookies. It’s amazing how well the ginger, dates, and apples go together.
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Recipe Type: Dessert
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 500g dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 150g ginger nut cookies
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup sugar3/4 cup (175g) butter, softened
For apple butter:
  • 2 green apples, peeled and chopped
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 4 tablespoons (60g) butter, softened
  • ¼ cup icing sugar
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring to a boil the dates, water, lemon juice, and sugar.
  3. Add the baking soda, simmer and stir for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Process the ginger cookies in a food processor until roughly ground.
  5. In a large bowl, mix the grounded cookies, oats, flour, sugar and butter until combined.
  6. Line a 8?-9? square pan with parchement.
  7. Press half the ginger crunch mixture in the pan, layer with the dattes, and finish with the rest of the ginger crunch.
  8. Bake for 45-50 minutes until the top is lightly golden. Leave to cool for a few hours.
For apple butter:
  1. In a small saucepan, bring the apples, sugar, and water to a simmer.
  2. Cook for 15 minutes on medium heat, until just a bit of liquid is left.
  3. Pass throught a sieve and press with a spatula to get all the syrup from the apple.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, icing sugar, and apple syrup.
  5. Store in the fridge in an airtight container. Will keep up to two weeks.
Bryan Picard

Bryan Picard

Bryan Picard is a wild and homegrown food enthusiast. He lives in the Maritimes in Canada and has worked the kitchens as a cook and chef for the past ten years. He writes on his blog The Bite House.

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Originally Published: March 4, 2013

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