Friday, 16 January 2015

Date and Walnut Squares

Date and Walnut Squares

A "ten" for these squares; just for the taste. 


Dates are nutritious and sweeter than sugar. Walnuts good for the brains, and the cream cheese works as the secret ingredient to these delicious gooey bites of goodness. 


It is one of those easy to prepare recipes. It stores well and keeps fresh for a number of days. A perfect snack for the whole family.









Date and Walnut Squares 

This is a two part recipe. Make the base or the pastry first. Chill it for an hour before rolling it out on the base of the pan.

Mix the topping and spread it evenly across the pastry and bake for 20-25 minutes in a preheated oven of 375F/190C.


Line a 13x9/  baking tray with parchment paper.


Ingredients

1 cup salted butter at room temperature
1 cup cream cheese at room temperature
2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1/4 cup cold water
2 cups chopped dates
2 cups chopped walnuts
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup sugar



Pastry

Cream together with an electric mixer
1/2 cup salted butter
1 cup cream cheese

stir in 

2 cups of sifted flour
add 1/4 cup cold water; just enough to hold the entire batter together

Topping

Mix together with an electric mixer
1/2 cup salted butter
2 egg yolks
add
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
and then add
2 cups chopped dates
2 cups chopped walnut

In a separate bowl 

beat 2 egg whites until stiff
gently fold these into the topping mixture

Tips

This can be prepared in a loose bottom long pastry pan, in which case you will need two of them.
The same can be made into 24 muffin/cup cakes for an individual party. Dress them with icing sugar once they have cooled.

For more yummy recipes try

Niloufer's Kitchen: Winter http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G2US0EK


Photo credit Sheriar Hirjikaka

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