Thursday, April 19, 2012

DATE SQUARES

Vince and I already finished the cheesecake minis I baked last week, and the next on my recipe list was date squares.


The first time I had date squares was at a Druxy's down at the building of my workplace in Toronto.  I didn't know what it's called then but I really liked it.  So, one time I was Skyping with Vince, I told him about my newly-discovered-snack-the-name-of-which-I-don't-know, and based on my description, he thought I was referring to date squares.  It turned out he was right, and guess what, he likes date squares, too!  ☻

Since I left Toronto, I somehow forgot about this tasty snack, until last week when I saw a recipe of it at Joy of Baking.  I was excited to try it, so I made sure to get all the ingredients when we did our grocery shopping last weekend.  One thing though is that we don't have a food processor.  We do have a blender and a fruit juicer, so I thought that would suffice in place of a food processor.  It did, though I kinda encountered some challenges.  I initially dumped all the ingredients into the blender just as how one would do it with a food processor, but of course, that didn't work as the blender has smaller blades.  Therefore, I had to take the dry ingredients out of the blender, and then blend them in increments.  I even used my electric mixer alternating with the blender to get them all mixed together.

Anyway, in spite of my rubber spatula getting partially ripped as a result of entanglement with the blender blade while I was trying to scrape the pureed dates off, and with all that fiasco I went through while mixing the dry ingredients, I was able to pull it off.  There, I baked a pan of yummy date squares!

Hot! Fresh from the oven!

The instruction clearly said that you should wait for it to cool off completely on a cooling rack and in the fridge before slicing into squares, or else it will just fall apart.  The impatient and curious me couldn't wait that long, so before I placed it in the fridge, I sliced a square for a taste test, and here's what it looked like:

Notice that it crumbled apart and compare to the first picture above,
which looked firm and well-formed.  Oh well, at least I found out right away

that it's delicious! ☺

So, if you're interested to try this, you can find the complete recipe (with video) at Joy of Baking (site is linked above).  Like I've already said, this recipe calls for a food processor but if you don't have one, you can use a blender like I did.  You just have to mix the ingredients in increments or batches until all of them are well incorporated.  Ciao for now! ☻

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20 comments:

  1. Quoting: "newly-discovered-snack-the-name-of-which-I-don't-know" ---- Hindi ko alam why but super nahahappy ako sa mga ganitong keme mo. Hahaha! I love it. Ikaw na talaga ang Amerikano, sa isip, sa salita at sa gawa. Lol! Pero di ako papayag dahil Pinay ka, Beking Pinay!

    Pagpasensyahan mo na kung up to the highest level na naman ang enerhiya ko kasi kakatapos ko lang magkape. Nagtrabaho kasi akong maigi sa blogs. hehe. Anyway, pahingi na din ako nyang date square mo nang matikman! Mukang masarap!

    Misses you! Buzz mo lang akez if need mo ulit fashion consultant. LOl!

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  2. Teh, sa Tagalog yan, "bagong diskubre kong snack na hindi ko alam ang tawag." Hehe!

    Salamuch sa comments at bisitang walang humpay :)

    Muah!

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  3. Yummm! Hello Ms KM!

    Cooking, baking is one of the few therapeutic things to do in life. It fills the stomach, and if you are doing it for the one you love, it also fills in the heart.

    Btw, I've also been to your other blog and about to leave a message on your cbox when it returned an error. You banned my IP! LOL! I don't take it against you tho, totally not your fault unless otherwise you tell me it is so, haha. You see, IP addresses are static or changing, unless you specify with your IP provider to give you a set of IP addresses that are "sticky" or just allotted to you. So, when you ban an IP address, you don't just ban one, but probably a set.

    Good morning and I'd be glad to wake up with those yummy baked goodies. May I have some please? ☺

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  4. I would love to have a piece! Mukhang masarap!

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  5. that looks yummy.. :)

    ..from BPC.

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  6. Tsarap naman! Although i haven't tried, i am sure masarap itong binake mo. Kahit cguro ako I couldn't wait to have a taste of this.

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  7. KM, ikaw na! happy ako at enjoy ka talaga sa baking mo. Super woman ka talaga noh? Parehas tayo, super busy but always have time for everything esp sa mga bagay na gustong gusto natin gawin.

    Have a great week end!

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  8. I think I've tasted it before but I didn't know its name either. LOL. Ma-visit nga si Joy of Baking! :) It's always nice to experiment, ano? I still on experiment mode with my breadmaking using my new breadmaker which I have bought online lang at a fraction. Posted it here: http://rareordinarythoughts.com/2012/03/bought-a-breadmaker.html

    BPC hop!

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  9. Rumaratsada na nga talaga ang baking career natin ah... Good luck and thanks for sharing.

    Balang araw gagawain ko ang mga ito...:-)

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  10. Ako man din siguro yan e di makakatiis at mag slice nako para tikman! Kelan kaya kami makakatikim ng mga bine beyk mo!

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  11. Looks so yummy nga..Would love to try it too..

    Visiting for 110 challenge- hope you can stop by:)

    http://www.cassandrasminicorner.com/2012/04/mellow-yellow-monday-pooh-backpack.html

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  12. Oh that looks really good! I love it too. Sorry about your rubber spatula. Visiting late via BPC. http://chetopianfamily.blogspot.com/2012/04/another-bags-for-grab.html

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  13. That looks delicious. Happy Blue Monday.

    I played too. Mine are here and here.

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  14. Would love to have some:)

    Visiting for BM- hope you can stop by:)

    http://dsahmblogs.com/2012/04/nail-file.html

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  15. Thanks for sharing your blue table.

    Happy Blue Monday, Kim.

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  16. Haven't try it before:( Sound yummy!

    Visiting for BM-hope you can stop by:)

    http://www.sweetposh.info/2012/04/plastic-blue-eggs.html

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  17. looks very yummy!!

    #110 BPC hop!
    http://ourtravelsthrumylens.com/hersheys-chocolate-factory-tour-ride/

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  18. Kinacareer na talaga ni Chef KM, yum!

    Happy blue Monday and a great week ahead!

    My BLUE, your comment will be much appreciated. Thank you!

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  19. that looks sweet and delish Sis Karen, what a treat to share it with your husband :-) Dropping by from YS

    http://www.homecookingwithjessy.com/nestles-cookies-n-cream-crunch/

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