Chinese chews, a sweet treat made with chopped dates and walnuts, and sprinkled with powdered sugar.
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped dates
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 3 eggs, well-beaten
- Confectioners sugar, for topping
1 Preheat oven to 300° F. Grease and flour an 8 x 12-inch pan – if you use a smaller pan, the baking time will be longer. Note: If you grease the pan, but don’t flour it, the squares will stick to the pan and be difficult to remove after baking.
2 Combine flour, sugar (not confectioners sugar), baking powder and salt. Sift with a sifter or fine mesh sieve into a medium sized mixing bowl. If you don’t have a sifter, whisk dry ingredients together well to combine.
3 Stir the dates, nuts and well-beaten eggs (I beat the eggs separately with a hand mixer for about 1 minute until fluffy before adding them), into the dry ingredients. It is not necessary to beat the eggs with a mixer, you can beat them by hand with a fork. Make sure ingredients are well combined – the batter will be sticky.
4 Spread the batter out as thinly as possible into the prepared pan.
5 Bake for 30 minutes, or until top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of the pan comes out clean.
6 Let cool completely, and cut into 1 to 1 1/2-inch squares. Note: Many recipes call for cutting the squares while still warm. In my experience, they are much easier to cut after they’ve cooled.
7 Sprinkle with powdered sugar, using sifter or sieve, as desired.