If you're looking to serve a lighter, more nutritious dessert, you'll appreciate this recipe. It's an appealing old-fashioned dessert that's full-flavored.
- 1 cup chopped dates
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- In a saucepan, combine dates, sugar, oil and juice. Cook for 5 minutes to soften dates. Cool. Add egg; mix well. Combine all remaining ingredients and stir into date mixture.
- Spread into a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes. Cool before cutting. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Orange-Date Bars in Country Woman May/June 1991, p36
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