My mother recently sent me a recipe for date squares that she had copied down in a notebook in 1964. My youngest doesn’t like dates, so I substituted them with sultanas. I also left out the 1/4 tsp of ground coriander from the original, which I thought would go well with dates but not so well with sultanas, and doubled the cinnamon from 1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp.
115g light brown sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 cup sultanas
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C convection).
Melt butter and add to a good-sized mixing bowl. Add sugar, salt, cinnamon, vanilla and beaten egg and whisk together with a fork. Stir in sifted flour, then fold in sultanas.
Pour into a buttered square cake tin and bake for 25 mins. Cut into squares while warm. Leave in tin until cold.