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Date Tart or Date and Carrot Tart

1lb stoned dates (or 1lb dates and ½ cup sieved steamed carrots)
2 dessertspoons Bourneville cocoa
½ teaspoon vanilla essence
whole-wheat pastry

Chop up dates and place in basin with 1oz hot water. Line a greased sandwich tin with thin whole-wheat pastry (Recipe below). Now mash up dates to a soft cream, stir in cocoa and vanilla essence, and mix well. Fill pastry casing with mixture, and place a cover of pastry on top. Pinch edges of pastry together, make a cross in the top of the pie, and bake in a fairly quick oven for about three-quarters of an hour. Instead of the cocoa and vanilla essence, the filling may be flavoured with lemon juice substitute.

Whole-wheat Pastry

½lb. whole-wheat flour
4oz cooking fat

Rub fat lightly into the flour and add cold water to make into a stiff dough. Roll out lightly, handling  as little as possible


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Toasted Date Sandwiches

Ever wondered what happened to those boxes of dates that used to appear at Christmas, famously called “Eat Me”. You know the ones, packed in thin wooden boxes complete with a quaint wooden fork, that used to hang around on the sideboard until Easter. Well they are still available, alas the box is now plastic. Some might say that applies to the contents but that would be unkind. This recipe is from the 1942 book.

2 slices wholewheat bread
2 oz. stoned dates

Toast the bread, and while still hot, slit in half. Spread each cut side with margarine. Chop up the dates and spread evenly over, then put the other half back on top, so that the sandwich has the two toasted sides outwards. May be put in the oven to keep hot if liked. Delicious also with cheese or other sweet or savoury fillings.