Date, Pistachio & Honey Slices

*Date, Pistachio & Honey Slices*
Makes 12 slices

Lovely buttery fingers filled with scrummy dates, honey and crunchy pistachio nuts.  Oh-so-moreishly delish!

For the filling:
250g of stone dates (a generous 1/2 pound), chopped
2 TBS lemon juice
2 TBS water
3 ounces pistachio nuts, chopped (a generous half cup)
1 TBS clear honey

For the pastry:
8 ounces plain flour (a scant 2 cups)
1 ounce caster sugar (about 2 TBS)
5 1/2 ounces butter (1/2 cup plus 3 TBS)
4 to 5 TBS cold water

To finish:
milk to glaze
1 TBS clear honey

Place the dates, lemon juice, and water into a saucepan.  Bring to the boil, stirring constantly.  Remove from the heat.  Stir in the chopped nuts and honey.  Set aside to cool.

Place the flour, sugar and butter into a food processor.  Pulse until you have fine crumbs.  Mix in just enough water to give you a soft dough.  You don't want it to be sticky.  Roll out half of the pastry on a lightly floured board to a 12 inch by 8 inch rectangle. Place on a baking sheet.   Spread the date/nut mixture on top of this to within 1/2 inch of the edge.  Roll out the remaining half of the pastry to fit and place on top.  Press to seal the edges all the way around.  Trim the edges square and then brush with some milk to glaze.  Mark into 12 slices.

Preheat the oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6.  Bake the slice for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown.  Brush the warm slice with the remaining honey and then remove to cool on a wire rack.  Cut into 12 individual slices along the marks you made previously.  Store  in an airtight container and serve as a nice treat with your cuppa or pack into lunch boxes.  Always scrummily welcome!