Oat and Date Traybake

    1 hour

    A wonderfully crumbly and sticky traybake, chock-a-block with dates that are sandwiched between an oat-based pastry. Deliciously different but easy to make!

    40 people made this

    Serves: 48 

    • 370g dates, pitted and chopped
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 150g caster sugar
    • 150ml water
    • 190g flour
    • 220g dark brown soft sugar
    • 120g quick cooking oats
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 155g margarine

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:20min cooling  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Grease a swiss roll tin.
    2. To make filling: In a saucepan over low heat, combine dates, water, caster sugar and lemon juice. Heat for about 8 minutes, or until thick. Set aside to let cool.
    3. To make pastry: In a large bowl, combine flour, dark brown soft sugar, oats and salt. Mix until well blended. Rub in margarine until mixture forms into coarse crumbs.
    4. Press half of pastry mix into tin. Cover with date mixture and spread remaining pastry mix over the top.
    5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Let cool on wire rack before cutting.

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    Reviews in English (18)


    This is seriously good! A family favourite. And a breeze to make.  -  15 Jul 2015


    I gave this five stars in that it is a quite versatile recipe. I have boiled up raisins in half water and half lemon juice. I added 1/2 tablespoon corntarch mixed with 2 tablespoons of water to the fruit, to thicken it. I have also used dried apricots and/or an assortment of dried fruits that I put in the food processor to chop up. I boiled these in orange juice (no water). In the oatmeal mixture, I added 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, just to give it a little more flavor. Another filling is Cranraisins and dried apples boiled in apple juice. I am sure that others will come up with many other varitions.  -  26 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was great. My husband asks for them on a weekly basis. One note, press down slightly on the top layer of oatmeal...tastes better.  -  23 Jan 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)