These are the most delicious things. They are straight out of Nannas old recipe book and a family favourite here. I hope they become a favourite at your end too.
They cost next to nothing to make and look like something from the High Tea trolley at a five star hotel, when served stacked and dusted with icing sugar as you see here.
125gms (1/4 pound) butter
125gms (1/4 pound) brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon water
1 cup self raising flour
3/4 cup dates, chopped finely (you can also use raisins, sultanas or currants)
1/4 cup almond meal (optional)
Preheat the oven to 175C Fan forced or 180C normal (350F), and grease and line a cookie tray with silicone baking paper.
Cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the beaten egg and combine well. Add the water and sift in the flour. Add the dates, or other dried fruit and the almond meal if using it. Stir well.
Spread the mixture on the lined tray with clean hands, making it nice and thin. It doesn't have to fill the entire tray, and uneven edges are fine...those crunchy bits at the sides are a treat in themselves!
Bake for about 20 minutes or until firm to touch and golden brown.
Allow to cool, sift icing sugar over them, and cut into neat fingers.
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