I always have a stash of dates in our pantry, ready to be either eaten on it’s own, or put into some dessert. Dates are known to be high in fiber and potassium. However, they have high sugar content as well, so it is best to eat them in moderation.
Here’s a recipe for a dessert called Food For The Gods, which is a popular Christmas treat in the Philippines. It is a bit similar to butterscotch squares, but with a little less sweetness, and the addition of dates. It is based from the recipe from AllRecipes, with some tweaks.
- 1 ¼ cups sifted all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
- 1 cup butter
- ¾ cup white sugar
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- Pre-heat oven to 180 ℃. Line a baking pan (preferably 9×13 inches) with baking/parchment paper.
- In a bowl, combine the sifted flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Take around ⅓ cup of the flour mixture and coat the chopped dates.
- In a separate (big) bowl, cream the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until well-combined.
- Add eggs, one at a time, and beat well.
- Gradually mix in the flour mixture.
- Add the dates and walnuts, and mix until fully combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 10 minutes.
- Lower the heat to 150 ℃.and bake for another 30 minutes, or until done.
- Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes before cutting into squares/bars.