My mother and my aunties always called date square, matrimonial cake. I'm not sure why. I remember going to my Auntie's house when I was a kid and having home made date square for the very first time. She had lovingly hand chopped the dates into a fine paste. I started experimenting with date square when I was pregnant with my youngest son. Oh, what those cravings will do for you. My older two kids were as nuts for it as I was as a kid.
I realized quite early on in my celiac journey that date square would be pretty easy to make if I could find GF oats. I found them on-line from a place called Only Oats out of Saskatchewan (onlyoats.com).
No hand chopping of dates for me, its the blender all the way and I love the texture of pureed dates.
3 cups of dates
1 1/2 cups of water
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of butter softened
1 cup of brown rice flour
3/4 cup of sorghum flour
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 of gf baking soda
1 1/2 cups of GF oats
Place all ingredients into a large pot and cook over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened. Puree with a blender or food processor.
Heat oven 400 degrees. Grease rectangular pan (13" x 9"). Mix together butter and brown sugar, then add remaining ingredients and mix until it appears crumbly. Press half of the crumb into bottom of the pan. Spread date filling. Top with remaining crumb mixture, pressing lightly. Bake 25 to 30 min until golden brown.