5. Date Crumble Shortbread**

Preparation info
  • Makes

    16–20 squares

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Scottish Baking

By Sue Lawrence

Published 2016

  • About

These little squares are delicious with a cup of tea – or perfect to take on picnics. Be sure to leave them till completely cold in the tin or they will collapse. Patience!


  • 200 g/7 oz dried dates, stoned and chopped
  • 25 g/1


Place the first six ingredients in a pan and bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer, covered, for about 5 minutes or until the dates are soft. Remove from the heat, tip into a small food-processor and whizz. Allow to cool.

For the shortbread, beat the butter and caster sugar together until light and fluffy – about 10 minutes – then gradually add the flour and semolina and a p