Recipe: Matrimonial Cake

Title: Matrimonial Cake
Categories: Canadian, Bars
Servings: 1

1 1/2 c Flour, all purpose
1 1/2 c Rolled oats
1 c Brown sugar; packed
1/2 ts Baking soda
1/4 ts -Salt
3/4 c Butter; softened

2 c Dates; chopped, pitted
1/2 c Sugar, granulated
1 ts Lemon juice
3/4 c -Boiling water

"This recipe in some old cookbooks is called Date Sandwich Cake. Other
variations are Raisin Squares or Fig Squares. ..
Date Squares (Matrimonial Cake, if you happen to come from the West) are a
real nostalgia treat. The fillings in the 30s recipes was extremely sweet.
Today's versions reduce the sugar in the filling, since the dates are
sweet enough, and are often microwaved. Raisin Puff, an old favorite in
P.E.I. is somewhat similar, with raisin filling sandwiched between layers
of soft cookie dough instead of an oatmeal mixture."

Filling: In saucepan, cook dates, sugar, lemon juice and water over medium
heat, stirring often, until the dates are soft, about 15 minutes. Let
In a bowl, combine flour, rolled oats, sugar, baking soda and salt;
blend in butter until mixture is crumbly. Pat half onto bottom of 9 inch
square pan. Spread filling evenly over the top. Sprinkle with the
remaining flour mixture, patting lightly. Bake in a 350F oven for 30 to 35
minutes or until nicely browned. Let cool; cut into squares.

VARIATION: Mincemeat Squares : Use 2 cups mincemeat instead of date

SOURCE: _A Century of Canadian Home Cooking: 1900 Through the 90s" by
Carol Ferguson and Margaret Fraser

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