Monday, July 7, 2008

Matrimonial Cake


This cake became a favorite of my husbands after marrying into our family. I never really made it much as I just depended on my mother to bring it out on special occasions. Now I am 'hankering' for it again and tried to find it in my mother's recipe collection. A quick chat with Betty r brought me to the closest recipe in our similar Mennonite Cookbook. The recipe 'base' I am using for this posting was in the 1977 Mennonite Treasury of Recipes and was submitted by a Mrs. J. Dyck of Steinbach, Manitoba. The changes made to the ingredients are Betty's own which she shared with me today before I dug out the ingredients.


Ingredients


1 1/4 cups rolled oats
1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 cup butter
1 tsp. soda
Grated rind of 1 lemon

Mix ingredients as for pie, put half of mixture in the bottom of a 8 x 8 cake pan. Put date filling on to, then put the remainder of mixture on top of the date filling.

Date Filling:

1 1/2 cup finely chopped dates (Betty adds some apple to 'soften' the taste)
1/4 cup brown sugar
enough water to cover dates (Betty uses coffee for a more distinct taste)
Juice of 1 lemon

Bring to a boil.

Simmer until thick and of spreading consistency.
Cool before spreading on cake.


Bake all in moderate over (350 degrees) for 1/2 hour.

Cool, slice in squares and serve
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11 comments:

  1. Sounds like something I'd like. Love oatmeal and dates together! Have a great week Trish!

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  2. my husband loooves date squares! When it comes to sweets he can take it or leave it (beats me how), anyway, when it comes to these he always takes. Betty I add coffee to, the apples sound like a good idea, i'll try that.

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  3. That date square looks so yummy!
    Hey Trish I added my 'two cents' worth to the recipe and you baked..we make a good team, don't you think? hehe
    Charlotte..the coffee just adds a nice flavor,right?

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  4. Ah, matrimonial bars, always a fixture at weddings and funerals. Well, at least they used to be. I love them really cold, and I enjoy them now and then at Starbucks, they make a pretty good one too.

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  5. My dad's favorite...and something that my mom baked regularly. I think I had my fill back then...but now am rather hungry for a nice fresh slice of matrimonial cake!

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  6. i just remembered the last date squares i made had oj and the zest in the filling....that was good too.

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  7. I don't know why I've never made this, because I really like dates in baking, as in nmuffins etc. Thanks for ading this recipe to our collection. Next time I'm looking for squares, I want to try these.

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  8. My mother taught me how to make these. We called them date squares.

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  9. Ah, matrimonial cake. Two flakes held together by a date.

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  10. i LOVE your blog! i stumbled on it a while ago and i now have a process to follow when i need a 'grandma recipe' i'm unsure of. i find what i think is the closest to the right one in one of my mennonite cookbooks, cross reference with yours and then i know i'm on the right track! (i actually often adopt some of your changes and have yet to be disappointed!) i've also found a few on your site that i couldn't find anywhere else! keep posting and i'll keep cooking/baking :-)

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  11. I really like this website.. When I google a recipe I always look to see if there is a "Mennonite girls can cook" recipe first. You go girls!

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