It is that time of year again, when all thoughts are about baking Christmas squares and cookies. I, myself, want to be able to make all the great goodies that I grew up with and Matrimonial Squares were always a fav of mine.
Last year I tried a new recipe for a gluten free date square that did not work, and determined from there not to try making them again.
At Safeway the other day I spotted a fresh bag of pitted dates and it rekindled my desire to make a great Matrimonial Square.
This recipe does that.
In fact, I think it is better than the ones I used to have as a kid. That is a statement you do not hear very often about gluten free baking.
[print_this]Recipe: Matrimonial/Date Squares
½ cup cornstarch
1/3 cup brown rice flour
3 Tbsp tapioca starch
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups gf oats(I use Only Oats brand which is non-contaminated)
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp xanthan gum
1 cup butter(melted)
½ lb(225 g) chopped, pitted dates
½ cup water
Mix together the first 8 ingredients fully, then add the melted butter and gently stir until combined. Set aside.
Cook dates and water in a pot on the stove, mixing periodically until a gooey paste forms.
Spray and line a 8×8 pan (I spray, then line my pan with parchment paper for easier removal of squares)
Press ½ of oat mixture on pan.
Spread date filling evenly over oat layer.
Top with remaining oats and spread out.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.
Allow to cool completely before removing and cutting squares.