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

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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