Ciao Italia Blog Exclusive Recipe: Mom's Date & Nut Bars

August 23, 2008

Another CIAO ITALIA BLOG EXCLUSIVE!  You can’t find this recipe on the Ciao Italia website or in any of Mary Ann’s cookbooks.

Makes 24 bars

Ingredients
1/2 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons 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
Confectioners sugar

Preheat oven to 350F

Butter a 10 inch square pan and dust with flour or line the panwith aluminum foil and butter 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 untl 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. 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,then sprinkle the top with confectioners sugar.

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