1 cup chopped dates
1 cup chopped pecan nuts
1 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 tablespoon butter
½ cup plain flour
Pre-heat your oven on high
Lightly grease a casserole with oil and leave aside
Cook the dates, nuts, water and bicarb on the stove for 1-2 minutes. Leave to cool
Beat the sugar, egg vanilla, and butter together until creamy.
Add in the flour and mix altogether
Add the date mixture to the creamed mixture and mix well together
Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole and bake on 180 degrees/gas mark 4/5 for approximately 25 minutes.
Remove from oven when slightly firm but not dry.
Cut into squares (while still warm) and serve (when cooled) individually with fresh cream or vanilla ice-cream