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Photo de l'auteur Lise Hotte


This recipe reminds me of my niece. We often bake this together. There is nothing better than baking with those you love!

Adriana Luu – Studio Kay

Date Squares

These dates squares are made with lots of love. A must-have for lunch, dessert or a snack... my date squares have blown the socks off of many a food critic!

Interesting facts

At the time, lemon extract was cheaper than lemons, which weren’t always available year-round. Self-raising flour is cake & pastry flour with baking powder and salt already added. The “Brodie xxx” brand is still popular among many of our aunts and grandmothers.


About 12 squares

Prep time

20 minutes

Cooking time

20 minutes


  Ingredients Quantitites
  For the filling  
pitted dates 1 x 500 g box
sugar (to taste) 250 ml (1 cup)
water 250 ml (1 cup)
lemon extract 5 ml (1 teaspoon)
lemon juice 30 ml (2 tablespoons)
  For the crumble  
Brodie xxx self-raising flour 250 ml (1 cup)
baking soda 3 ml (½ teaspoon)
salt 1 pinch
butter or margarine 125 ml (½ cup)
brown sugar 250 ml (1 cup)
oats 500 ml (2 cups)


For the filling

  1. Position the baking rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 °F (190 °C). Grease an 8-inch (20 cm) square baking dish.
  2. Chop up the dates. In a saucepan, combine the dates, water, sugar and lemon extract.
  3. Cook over medium heat, mashing the dates until smooth. Set aside and let cool.

For the crumble

  1. Combine the flour, salt, baking soda and butter. Add the brown sugar and oats. Mix well.
  2. Press half of the crumble mixture into the bottom of the dish. Spread the filling over it, top with the rest of the crumble mixture and press down lightly.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the crumble is golden brown.
  4. Let cool on a rack. Unmould and cut into squares.

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