A super easy melt & mix caramel date slice that is ready in just 30 minutes. Loved by the whole family, this slice is perfect for tucking into the lunchbox, and is great to whip up for afternoon tea.
Total Time Investment: 30 Minutes
Today I bring you yet another recipe from my Nana’s cookbook; a super easy date slice that has become a firm family favourite. I am slowly working my way through her cookbook, and uncovering the gems that the pages hold. And just in case you missed them, you will want to check out her famous scones and her delicious cheese shortbread biscuits.
Irrespective of what you call these – date slice, date bars, caramel bars, or in Nan’s words, caramel fingers – these bars are super easy to make, and always well received by my family. I cook them regularly, as they are so quick to make and are the ideal snack for tucking into the lunchbox.
As usual, I’ve tinkered with the recipe, although this time it is because Nan was so vague in her instructions rather than I felt I could make it better. Although she is no longer here to ask, I hope I have stayed true to the original.
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Ingredient Substitutions for Caramel Date Slice
Feel free to play with the type of nuts you use in this recipe. Nan’s original instructions just say “3/4 cup chopped dates and nuts” so use whatever you have on hand. I think walnuts or almonds would work equally well here.
I love Medjool dates as they are soft and delicious, and this is the variety I have used. However, any type of date will work well in this recipe. The qualifier is that some date varieties are drier than others, and if I think my dates are too dry, I soak them in boiling water for five minutes before draining and proceeding with the recipe.A super #easy melt & mix #caramel #date #slice that is ready in just #30minutes. Loved by the whole #family, this slice is perfect for tucking into the #lunchbox, and is great to whip up for afternoon tea. #snacks #kidfriendly Click To Tweet
And if you really don’t like dates, then either use all nuts in place of the dates, or replace the dates with other dried fruit. Raisins, sultanas or chopped apricots would also work well. If you decide to leave out the dates, maybe best not call it date slice though.
Replace the plain flour and baking powder with 1 cup of self raising flour.