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.
- 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)
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 🙂