Date Slice

An old fashioned classic your Nana will love.

Makes 18 200g pitted dates ½ cup water  1¾ cups oats 1 cup plain flour ¾ cup brown sugar ¼ tsp baking powder 170g butter, at room temperature, cubed Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a baking dish/slice tin (about 20x30cm) with baking paper, covering all sides. Place dates in a small pot with water. Bring to a boil on medium heat and cook for about 3 minutes, until dates start to break down. Remove from heat, mash with a fork into a relatively smooth paste. Set aside. In a large bowl, place oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder and butter. Use your fingers to combine, mixing until the mixture looks like a chunky crumb and all the butter is incorporated. Transfer half the crumb mix into the prepared dish and press down firmly. Dip a spoon in hot water and use it to spread the date paste evenly on top of crumb mixture.  Place the remaining crumb mix on top of the date paste and press down lightly. Bake in oven for 50-55 minutes, until crumb is slightly golden. Allow to completely cool before slicing.