Matrimonial Cake

Crumb Mixture:

1 cup sifted flour/ 1 tsp vanilla/ 1/2 tsp baking soda/ 1 cup brown sugar, packed/ 1/4 tsp salt/ 2 cups rolled oats/ 1 cup butter (softened)

Date Filling: 1-1/2 cups cut up dates/ 1/2 cup water/ 2 tbsp brown sugar

Sift flour, baking soda and salt together. Mix together thoroughly the butter, vanilla and sugar. Stir in the sifted flour mixture. Add the rolled oats. Spread half of crumb mixture in an 8 inch square pan, Pat and flatten with hand to cover bottom of pan. Spread evenly with cooled date filling. Cover with remaining crumb mixture. Pat to smooth. Bake at 325° for about 1-1/2 hours, Test by lightly touching the middle of cake, As soon as no imprint remains cake is done.