Date Slices (01/04/22)

This weeks’ recipe is inspired by a cookery book that my mother in law has. It was published in the late 60s by the then Forestry Commission. The recipes were contributed mainly by foresters wives, including Daphne Campbell my mother in law. We had good fun with her reminiscing and talking recipes. Some of the recipes in the book are absolute stoaters. A favourite was Husband (yes, really) and a cough medicine that contained a lot of treacle and a teaspoon of laudanum!


  • 4 oz self raising flour
  • 4 oz rolled oats
  • 4 oz margarine
  • 5ozs sugar
  • 1/2lb of cooking dates
  • 1/4 pint of water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence


  1. Heat the dates in water, add the vanilla and leave.
  2. Rub margarine into the flour and oats.
  3. Add the other ingredients.
  4. Divide mixture in two.
  5. Put half on a swiss roll baking tray, spread with the date mixture then cover with the other half of the crumble mixture on the top.
  6. Cook on a moderate over for 15-20 minutes. Slice when cool.
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