Friday, May 25, 2012

Food for the Gods (dates & walnuts bar)

I was remembering one of my childhood bestfriends today.
Her parents owned a pastry business in our city,
and they make the best brownies and Food for the Gods in the island.
We would come to her house and play, and the house always smells like pastry heaven.
Of course, we always get the treats we want.

Why is it called Food for the Gods?
I just assume because of its rich flavor, its fitting to be served to the Greek Gods.

So off to the pantry, took out all the ingredients needed for this delicious bar.
Best paired with my Earl Grey Tea from Fortnum & Mason.

My sister who lives in London recently visited.
Before coming here,
she asked what I would like for her to bring from London.
there's only one thing I really want,
 the ONLY Best Tasting Earl Grey Tea in the world from FORTNUM & MASON.
This refreshing delicate tea is flavored with aromatic and stimulating oil of bergamot.
This company is the only place that supplies tea for the Royal Houses for the past 300 years.
That says it all.  

If you want good tasting tea, brew tea leaves,
not the tea dust in tea bags you buy from the supermarket.

Most recipes for Food for the Gods call for a lot of butter and sugar,
I find it too sweet, greasy and unhealthy.
In this recipe I use a third of the butter it calls for.
I usually double up this recipe,
 and bake it on a baking sheet instead of a square or rectangular baking pan.



1 1/4 cup flour
1 cup pitted dates, chopped
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
8 tbsp (1 stick) butter, softened
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • Preheat oven at 350° F.
  • Grease your baking sheet or pan with butter and lightly dust flour so the batter does not stick when baked.
  • Sift all dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Add dates and walnuts. Coat dates and walnuts well with the dry mixture so it does not sink at the bottom of the baking pan. 
  • In a separate large bowl, cream butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
  • Add the dry mixture to your wet mixture. Mix well.

  • Transfer batter to your baking sheet/pan.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes when using a baking sheet. If you're using an 8x8 baking pan baked it for 35-40 minutes.
  • Let it cool, slice and serve.

Relax and Enjoy this Delicious pastry fitting for the Gods!
My Little Helper and I will surely have some, with my tea fit for the Royals,
and milk fit for my growing little man.

Fortnum & Mason was honoured to welcome HM The Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge to its Piccadilly store.


  1. Yum! This looks so good! I love dates.

  2. baked this yesterday...hubby and kids loved it! crunchyon the outside, soft, moist and shewy from the inside...the sweetness is just enough...perfect recipe, if you ask me! (got to bring some for the officemates to taste!)


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