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2.02.2012

Date Newtons

Dear Future Children,


There will inevitably come a time when we're packing for a family trip to Disney World.  Let's make a few proactive airplane carry-on compromises, you and me.

When I ask you to pack a carry-on backpack with things to do on the plane, I promise I'll let you pack whatever you want as long as you carry it yourself.  Sure, you can pack every Polly Pocket mini dollhouse that you own (even though you will play with none of them), all of your Pocket Rocker "tapes" (especially Tiffany, she's the best, and "Tequila", a fan favorite), your black and white, scientific calculator-sized Nintendo Game Boy, and, if you must, Mad Libs*.  Remember, you're carrying it.

Don't forget to leave room for your homework, because you'll probably have to do some on the plane.  I'm sorry, it's just the way it goes.  It's either there or while waiting in line for Splash Mountain while I'm eating Mickey ice cream and your Dad is eating a giant turkey leg.  Your choice.

And finally, I promise to make you a delicious, homemade snack to include with your treasures for the plane.  Like Date Newtons!  (Or maybe just a baggie of Cheerios and a SSips Iced Tea*.  I will probably be tired.)  You know those Fig Newtons that you think are for old-timers?  These are the same!  Only homemade, a little more healthy, and made with dates instead of figs.  Dates are sticky.  I thought that you'd appreciate that bit of irony, since most of the time I'm telling you to stop getting so sticky.

Love,
Your Someday Mother

Creepy letters to my unborn children always amuse me.  Is that weird?

Tomorrow morning we're leaving for Disney World for a few days, and I could NOT be more excited!  Obviously, I've been planning and listing for more days than we're actually spending there, but I really think that the anticipation and excitement of Disney is half the fun of going.  Even the airplane is fun!

And since United Airways doesn't seem to share in my enthusiasm, I made these Date Newtons to keep us happy.  They're chewy, sweet, sticky, and satisfying.  Everything you could want in a plane snack!  Bag of peanuts, you can suck it.

I'll be back next Thursday!

*Actual plane ride backpack and snacks circa 1990.  An eggplant-purple Jansport with a monogram to be exact.  I was dripping with cool.
 
Date Newtons
Adapted from Stacey Snacks
Yields 9 squares or 18 bars


Ingredients:
1 1/2 c dates, pitted and diced
1 c flour (I used whole wheat flour)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 c sugar
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 c egg substitute (or 2 large eggs, room temperature)
1 tbs unsalted butter, melted
1 tbs hot water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c pecans, chopped

Preparation:
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 deg F.  Line an 8" square pan with foil and coat the inside with cooking spray.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder.


In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, salt, and eggs until smooth.  Mix in the butter, hot water, and vanilla.


Stir in the flour mixture, and then fold in the dates and pecans.




Pour the mixture into the pan, and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


Let the date newtons cool, and cut into squares or bars, depending on how big you'd like them.

2 comments:

Leslie said...

i'm gonna have to test these tomorrow at the airport... that will determine whether i ever drop my future children off at aunt allison's for snack time or not

haha juuuuust kiddiiiiiiing

Mom said...

Hey Al, I'm sure you remember what the compromise was, we would take you guys out of school to go to Disney (off season), but you had to do homework on the plane. Mrs. Lane didn't spare 1 seatwork ditto from first grade!! Well, I think you turned out great, not at all scarred. Love the date newtons, save some for us at the airport!!

Love you!

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