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I am not sure of the origin of the recipe, as Mum has been making it for years.
Little Miss 4 helped me with baking the square. The picture doesn't do justice to the actual amount of flour spread around the kitchen!
Date Chocolate Square
3/4 cup dates
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 tablespoon butter
Put into a pot and cook until thick. Stir occasionally so the dates break up and a thick paste is formed.
4 oz butter
4 oz caster sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons custard powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Preheat the oven to 175deg. C
Cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and beat until light and fluffy.
Sift the dry ingredients together and fold them into the butter and sugar mixture.
Roll the mixture out between two pieces of baking paper - it is too delicate to roll directly onto the bench and the baking paper makes it easier to get onto the baking tray.
Spread the date mixture onto half of the rolled cake mixture and fold the remaining half over by lifting the paper to enclose the filling.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the top starts to turn a golden colour.
1 tablespoon butter melted
the juice of a lemon
approximately 1 to 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
Blend the icing together. Add a little water if it is too dry.
Slice the square up as required to prevent the cake from drying out before it is served.