1/2 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons King Arthur unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups diced dates (10 ounces)
1 cup toasted, chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Butter a 10-inch square pan and dust with flour or line the pan with aluminum foil and butter and flour it. Set aside.
Sift 1/2 cup of the flour with the baking powder and salt into a bowl.
In another bowl beat the eggs until they are foamy. Gradually add the sugar and vanilla beating until well blended. Fold in the flour mixture.
In a small bowl toss the dates and nuts with the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of the four. This method will prevent the dates and nuts from sinking to the bottom of the pan while baking.
Fold the date mixture into the batter.
Spread batter evenly in the pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top and firm to the touch. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.
Cut into squares and sprinkle the tops with confectioner’s sugar.
Note: These can be made ahead and frozen without the confectioner’s sugar for up to 3 months.
This recipe is featured on show 2215 – Mom’s Cookies / Biscotti della Mamma.
This recipe is from Ciao Italia Family Classics by Mary Ann Esposito.
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