In lieu of the traditional champagne toast, I offer an old family recipe. The components of this recipe are said to represent the intricacies of marriage.
The Solid Foundation:
Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
Combine in a bowl:
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1-3/4 cups rolled oats
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter or margarine
Press HALF of this mixture into the pan.
The Sweet, Smooth Core:
Combine in a pot:
1lb pitted dates
1 cup water
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
Bring mixture to a boil. Continue boiling, stirring occasionally, until softened.
Cool slightly and spread over the base.
The Rough Bits:
Take the remaining oat mixture and crumble it through your fingers to top the dates.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes until browned. Cool and cut into squares.
So now, raise your dessert square with me:
Congratulations, Jess and Torsten. May your new life together be filled with sweetness, laughter and love. Cheers!
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