Almond Paste Dates

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Preparation info

    • Difficulty

      Medium

Appears in

One Good Dish

By David Tanis

Published 2013

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Ingredients

  • Β½ cup blanched almonds (see Note)
  • ΒΌ cup granulated sugar
  • β…› teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus a pinch
  • 1 tablespoon orange flower water
  • 1 tablespoon Demerara sugar or coarse raw sugar
  • 12 large dates

    Method

    Put the almonds, granulated sugar, and β…› teaspoon cinnamon in a food processor and grind until the mixture resembles fine cornmeal. Add the orange flower water and pulse to incorporate.

    Transfer the mixture to a bowl and knead for a minute, or until it resembles a soft dough; add a few drops of water if necessary. Roll the paste into twelve Β½-inch balls, then flatten into almond-shaped ovals. Split the dates lengthwise with a paring knife and remove the pits. Stuff each date with an oval of almond paste and put them on a serving platter.

    Mix the Demerara sugar with the pinch of cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the dates and serve.