The dates for the MFB challenge seems to be coming one after the other at the blink of an eye! Before I even realize, I am mostly skittling through to cook and finish the post for the challenge. You can see the previous challenge posts here.
This month, our challenge was to cook from a food blog run by a Muslimah and this month, we chose “This Muslim Girl Bakes“. This is one of my favorite blogs to gawk at. She has a very impressive Instagram presence as well. Apart from Pakistani delicacies, she posts a lot of lovely bakes that you can resist. Most of her posts are accompanied by step by step pictures, followed by a lot of pictures of the final product itself. I had a hard time trying to select one recipe from her blog. I have already tried her Pakistani Chicken Pulao and my Mujadara stemmed out of inspiration from her post. I kept jumping from one recipe to another, trying hard to decide. From the Sooji Halwa to the Frozen Hot Chocolate to the gluten free brownies – which I almost baked, to the French Fries Pizza, I kept moving up and down.
That was when I was reminded about my dates paste begging me to finish it off, so I started searching to make use of it, and landed up on her Sticky Madinah Flapjacks recipe. Now, a flapjack is the UK name for an oat bar – sounds really nice to say, right? 😀 The reason why she called them so is because she used up dates that she had bought from Madinah to make the filling. The recipe was really simple, I just had enough rolled oats in my fridge to finish, so I decided, this had to be it. I got the ball rolling on a weekend. The recipe comes together so easily, since I used the paste to do the filling.
I prepared half the recipe in a 4 inch pan and cut them into small 16 squares. The first day, there was no movement at all. I was worried if I would have to trash the whole thing. I stored it in a small box and kept it on my kitchen counter-top. Within 4 days, everything got over. 😀 B had couple of pieces as his evening snack with his chai till it got over, with the girls picking up a small portion for themselves. Rasha isn’t fond of anything with dates, but Azza did enjoy a couple of pieces. I couldn’t taste it since I am off desserts till I lose weight, but I must tell you, they smelled so good that I kept inhaling them and imaging how delicious these would have tasted. 😉 Since making this is really easy, you could make them for a potluck as a variety of dessert. Off to the recipe…
- 100 gm date paste
- 2 tbsp water
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- 100 gm butter
- 50 gm brown sugar
- 1 tbsp golden syrup
- 150 gm rolled oats
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease and line a 4 inch square pan.
- Combine the date paste, water and baking soda in a saucepan and heat on low flame. The mixture will start bubbling. Break down the paste into a smooth mixture. Set aside.
- Melt the butter, brown sugar and golden syrup into a smooth mixture. Add the oats and toss well to combine.
- Add half the oats mixture into the preparped pan and press down.
- Spread the date mixture on top. Spread the remaining oats mixture and flatten well.
- Bake for 40 minutes till set.
- Take out the flapjack from the pan and cool on wire rack. Cut and serve.