Dates-Under-a-Cloud BarsWhen I was in grade school, we had a community cookbook that included these yummy…
2 large eggs, separated 1-1/4 cups chopped dates 1/2 cup water 4 teaspoons grated orange zest 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 2/3 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup sliced almonds
Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine dates, water and orange zest; bring to a boil.
Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until thickened, stirring occasionally.
For crust, in a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in egg yolks and vanilla.
In another bowl, whisk flour and baking powder; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
Press onto bottom of a greased 13×9-in.
Spread date mixture over top.
With clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium speed until foamy.
Gradually add brown sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved.
Continue beating until stiff peaks form.
Spread over date mixture; sprinkle with almonds.
Bake 25-30 minutes or until top is golden brown.
Cool completely on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts 1 bar:
- 136 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 58mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.