I have an old Woman’s Weekly cakes and slice recipe book from the 70s I sometimes refer to. I adapted a recipe from it yesterday and the results were so good that it’s all gone already. I love date and pecan together- the recipe uses walnuts but I reckon pecans (especially Australian ones) are better. I also substituted caster sugar for brown sugar and added a spoonful of maple syrup. And instead of all that faffing around beating eggs etc, I just put it in as was. So easy and so good and minimal washing up- thus meeting all my criteria.
Date and Pecan Slice
Slightly less than 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Put dates and pecans in food processor until chopped. Add sugar, flour, melted butter, egg and mix gently. Spoon mixture into a 20cm square slab pan. (Silicon is good) Bake at around 160 for around 30 minutes. Cut into slices while sill hot. Cool in tin.