Fig-Cranberry Matrimonial Slice
Date squares are affectionately known as
matrimonial slice for their popularity at
weddings and showers. In this variation on
the theme, you cook cranberries with dried
figs to a thick jam, then spread it between
layers of crumbly oats, butter and sugar.
1 8-oz. pkg. dried figs
2 c. fresh or frozen cranberries
3/4 c. sugar, white or brown
3/4 c. orange juice or water
Base and Topping:
1 c. all-purpose or whole-wheat flour, or
1 c. oats
2/3 c. packed brown sugar
1/4 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1/2 c. butter, chilled and cut into chunks
Preheat the oven to 350°F. For the filling, combine the figs, cranberries, sugar and orange juice in a saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Simmer, stirring often, for about 10 minutes, or until the berries burst and the mixture becomes thick and jam-like. Remove the filling from the heat and set it aside.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Add the butter and mix it in with a fork or your fingers until the mixture is well combined and crumbly. (Alternatively, the mixture can be pulsed in a food processor until well combined.) Press half the crumb mixture into an 8” x 8” pan that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.
Spread the filling over the bottom layer and sprinkle it with the remaining crumbs. Bake the slice for 30 to 35 minutes, until pale golden and bubbly around the edges. Cool it in the pan on a wire rack. Makes 16 squares