Date Squares, aka Matrimony Cake
1 cup dates
1 cup (scant) sugar
1 cup water
lemon juice (to taste)
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
Boil together dates, sugar, water and lemon juice. Mix together
butter, oats, flour, sugar and soda to form a crumb mixture.
Put 3/4 of the crumb mixture in the bottom of an 11 by 7 inch pan.
Spread the date mixture over, then the rest of the crumb mixture
as topping. Pat down. Bake at 300 deg. F. for 45 minutes.
Note: As an alternative, you can replace the date mixture with
mincemeat, which we have found to be less sweet and has a better