I’ve never been very fond of dates, but I recently bought a pint of the new Haagen Dazs “Sticky Toffee Pudding” flavor ice cream and loved it. I had no idea upon trying the ice cream that sticky toffee pudding was a dessert made with dates, but thanks to my introduction to sticky toffee pudding via ice cream, I’ve been rethinking my relationship with dates. Maybe I do like them? Just to see where I really stood with dates, I baked a batch of date bars from a recipe off Epicurious.
These were very good. The crust and topping were buttery and delicious and held together well (I used a food processor). The date filling proved I’m not a full-fledged date lover. If you are, you will love these.
The only change I made to the original recipe was to sprinkle nuts on top.
Here are the date bars in progress. I used Dole fresh pitted dates.
And here’s the date bar. These hold together well and are very tasty. I think they’d go well with a big scoop of ice cream!