I've been trying to write a blog post all week. Then stopping, deleting what I wrote or abandoning it altogether. And coming back to it later, only to repeat the entire cycle.
To be perfectly honest with you, I haven't much to say. I've had a lot of worrisome stuff on my mind these past several days. Initially I was going to throw in a funny story about my kids and a pair of Goldfish called 'Sparky' and 'Dolphin'. But I'm just not inspired enough today to tell that story. Maybe later.
For now, here's a recipe for Date Bars that will fill your kitchen with an irresistible, buttery, toffee-like smell. Go on, you know you want to try them out.
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 stick butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup self-raising flour
1/2 cup, roughly chopped dates
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 325F. Grease the bottom only of an 8" x 11" dish.
Cream butter and sugar. Beat in the vanilla extract and egg.
Fold in the flour and mix well. Add chopped dates and nuts, if using.
Pour into prepared baking dish. Bake 30 - 35 minutes.
Let cool completely before cutting into bars.