Coffee and orange date slice: tray bake with a little extra

I’m having fun with dates: they are so good. With the date cake in fresh memory, I thought of another date sweet that I like: date slice. My local café, Greenshoots (now sadly closed), did a really good coffee date slice which inspired me to try my hand at this confection.

Date slices are delicious and you can kid yourself it's good for you too.

Date slices are delicious and you can easily pretend they’re good for you too.

A look around the internet found Crank’s recipe for date slice. The perfect starting point. I’ve adjusted the recipe to fit one 250 gram bag of dates and use a bit more cooking liquor for the dates. I stirred the dates a lot to make the filling smooth and sticky. It has a good hit of coffee flavour and was rather yummy on its own. The final product feels almost virtuous because of the wholemeal flour and has a satisfyingly rich coffee and date flavour (tip: if you freeze them, the coffee flavour disappears). The orange hit in the crumb is a nice addition.

Make the crumb, soften the sate, assemble and bake. Easy. Delicious.

Make the crumb, soften the dates, assemble and bake. Easy. Delicious.

Coffee Date Slice
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A moist, crumbly slice of goodness, great for elevenses or an afternoon snack alike.
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: European
Serves: 8
  • 250 grams dates
  • 75 ml strong coffee
  • 160 grams wholemeal flour
  • 70 grams oats
  • 55 grams brown sugar
  • 110 grams butter
  • Grated zest of half an orange
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C (180C fan).
  1. Put coffee and dates in a saucepan and warm at a low heat until the dates are soft and squidgy.
  1. Mix the other ingredients together using a food processor or your hands until you have a loose crumble.
  1. In a 8x5 shape (I didn't have a small tin so made one from aluminium foil. Baking paper will work too.), pour in half of the crumb mixture and press down firmly into an even layer.
  2. Spoon the dates over the base layer and even out. (This need a little care as the dates are sticky and take the base crumb with them if you lift them off it.)
  3. Sprinkle the rest of the crumb mixture over the dates and press down firmly.
  4. Cook for 20 minutes.
  5. Let cool before cutting.

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About Caroline von Schmalensee

Cooking, eating and drinking is fun as well as necessary. I do food for fun and I write for a living. Good food makes the world a more delicious and satisfying place. Good writing, meanwhile, can make the world a less confusing place.

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