Date slice/bliss balls

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If you never have a failure in the kitchen you never cook or bake- the real question is how you deal with things that go wrong. Straight to the bin or find a workaround? I was given this date slices recipe from my niece and was so keen to make it as I love dates. Even though it is a short list of ingredients I must have upset the balance by changing a few things. Below I give you the original recipe and also say what I changed. They have turned out to be quite delicious bliss balls but if youd prefer it to be slicable but still sticky the original recipe is worth a try.

Date Slice

  • Servings: 24-30
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 225g unsalted butter
  • 170g caster sugar
  • 225g dates, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence or seeds of vanilla pod
  • 260g rich tea biscuits, roughly broken I am not sure if this biscuit is available in non-British markets. To be honest I have never looked for it in the US. It is less crumbly than a digestive/graham cracker and very pale in colour.
  • Toasted coconut/ nuts(desiccated or chunkier shaved) optional


Line a Swiss roll pan with parchment or use a disposable foil tray bake size.

  • Either in a saucepan or in TM bowl melt the butter and sugar before adding the chopped dates. Use the reverse blade action sp1 90° as you don't want to totally mash the dates
  • Add the beaten eggs and vanilla and stir over heat or sp1 90°until thickened.
  • Add the broken biscuit and mix well
  • Turn out into Swiss roll/ jelly pan. I use the throw away Lakeland traybake foil tins. If the slice had hardened it would have been the perfect size
  • Sprinkle with toasted coconut/toasted nuts (optional)
  • Refrigerate.


Troubleshooting – I substituted biscoff biscuits and added a shot of vanilla espresso – I guess this just made it too wet and I maybe could have rescued it by adding more biscuit.



Happy baking! May yours be full of success 🙂



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