Date Squares or known in Western Canada as Matrimonial Cake is a popular date filled rolled oat squares.

10 to 12 ounces Pitted dates,  chopped 310 to 340 grams
2 tbsp Brown sugar 25 mL
3/4 to 1 cup Water 180 mL to 250 mL
1 tbsp Lemon juice 15 mL

1 cup All-purpose flour, sifted 250 mL
1 tsp Baking soda 5 mL
1/4 tsp Salt 1 mL
3/4 cup Butter, softened 175 mL
1 cup Packed brown sugar 250 mL
1 cup Rolled oats 250 mL

Preheat oven to 325F [160C]

DATE FILLING In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the dates, water, and  brown sugar. Bring to a boil, and cook until soft enough to be mashed with a fork (about 5 minutes). The mixture should be the consistency of jam. Stir in lemon juice, and remove from heat. Set aside to cool.

CRUMB MIXTURE In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking soda. Cut in butter, add brown sugar and rolled oats. Mix until crumbly.

ASSEMBLE Lightly press half of the mixture into the bottom of a 8 inch [2 L] well greased square pan. Cover evenly with cooled date filling, then cover with remaining crumb mixture and pat lightly. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a lightly browned.

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