Jun 12, 2012

Date crumble slice


When my Scottish friend told me she'd be travelling back to Scotlant while her husband remained in Australia and his 60th birthday happened to be during her time away, a whole bunch of family and friends decided to plan a surprise 60th birthday party.  Our friend Gordon is always lending us a hand with various bits of landscaping or odd jobs and we were really looking forward to planning his party to celebrate this milestone.


A few of us got together one Friday night to plan the party then divided the work between us.  The idea was that everyone invited would bring along a dish which would be put towards the meal.  I decided to make a massive lasagne.  This is always popular and convenient for feeding a crowd.  I also made a batch of  delicious date crumble slice.  I followed the recipe found here as it always turns out perfectly.  I figured the oats were a very distant nod to Gordon's Scottish heritage while the slice itself could be conveniently held in one hand while balancing a cup of tea in the other. 


Besides the party being a surprise, we also hired a bag piper to come along and play a few Scottish tunes so this was something everyone was waiting to see.  Our friend was genuinely surprised by the party and was speechless as the bag piper entered playing a familiar tune.  Our job was done! The evening was a real success and everyone bringing a dish worked really well.  There was such a range of different food to be enjoyed and all of it was simply delicious.  The slice was a perfect addition to the dessert table and it was nice to see it being enjoyed!

14 comments:

Hotly Spiced said...

What a lovely thing to do for his 60th. It sounds like a wonderful party and this slice looks delicious xx

Helen (Grab Your Fork) said...

These look deliciously good. And what a lovely surprise to hire a bagpipe player!

GG said...

What a fabulous thing to do for your friend. The piper must have been very emotional. Good friends! GG

marthameetslucy said...

What a nice idea! I love surprise parties...except I'm terrible at keeping a secret.

yummychunklet said...

I'm a sucker for crumbles. This looks great!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

What a lovely idea! They must have been so touched :) And a date crumble slice is perfect! I mean you don't really want to be making haggis I'm guessing! :P

Tania @ A Perfect Pantry said...

Crumbles are perfect when warm and served with vanilla ice cream... especially on those cold nights...Yum.

The Hungry Navigatrix said...

I love dates in anything. Will give this one a go as I'm sure it will make a healthy lunchbox treat.

Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy said...

What a wonderful party and these look beautiful! Great photos Anna!

Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake said...

That sounds like such a lovely thing to do! I've been to a surprise birthday party before and it was so exciting. The moment they walked through the door, the surprised look on their face was just gold.
The crumble slice looks fantastic! I bet it was a hit with the people at the party! :D

Miss Kimbers said...

Mmmm dates! You have reminded me that I need to buy some again.

Delishhh said...

oh wow - so good, i love dates!

lizzy (Good Things) said...

Love a good date slice! This recipe looks like a winner. I bet your friends enjoyed it too!

Yasmeen said...

What a sweet sounding party, and what an occasion! Happy 60th! :)

Being Middle Eastern perhaps this is predictable, but I LOVE dates. We always have them around, and of course I will make any excuse to use them. Thanks for this bit of inspiration - the slices looks divine.