The weather has, for the most part, settled in to one beautiful day after the other. I don't really feel like spending alot of time indoors or being on the computer for long lengths of time other than to be blogging and feeding my addiction to Farmville. Ya, I know, I'm one of the ones who loads up my facebook profile with posts from F/V. It won't be long until Psychgrad and R get an intervention going.
This time of year I also miss being in a house with a garden and live vicariously through Psychgrad's garden. My little balcony can only accomodate a few pots of herbs and a tomato or two.
But, as I've mentioned before, being a condo dweller means you can't have the bbq at your place. Yesterday was one of those days and I was only too happy to contribute a dessert and help with the prep of hosting a BBQ.
In years gone by, there was one cake that always made it's way to the table in Western Canada. In fact, some might say it's distinctly Canadian although one of the first recipes on record came from Ohio.
Do you remember this type of graphic from the old cookbooks? If you don't then you're alot younger than I am. Come to think of it, most people are a lot younger than I am. This picture sat on top of a recipe for Matrimonial Cake. I'm just not sure if it's a cake, a square or a bar. No matter what you call it, it's easy, delicious and still popular with the crowd
2 cups oatmeal
2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1/2 pound dates, pitted
2/3 cup water
1/4 cup sugar **
1 teaspoon lemon juice
In a large bowl, combine oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly.
Spread 3/4 of the crumbs in a 9 x 13 inch cake pan.
Mix dates, water and sugar together in a saucepan. Cook until thick, stirring frequently.
Remove from heat and add lemon juice.
Allow to cool before using.
Spread over the crumbs in the pan. Sprinkle the remaining crumbs over top of the filling.
Bake at 350 degrees F. for 20 minutes.
** The dates are naturally sweet - the sugar really isn't critical to the mix.