By Layla Dahamou
By Layla Dahamou
Cultivated for their sweet fruit, date palms provide a staple food for the majority of Moroccans who live in oases. The fruit is considered a healthy food and a rich source of energy.
Traditionally, Moroccans save dates to use throughout the year, storing them in large jars. They typically serve dates with soup, but when Moroccans receive special guests, they offer dates with milk.
Dates also have an important spiritual value in Islam. During Ramadan, Moroccans, like other Muslims, break the fast by eating dates.
Dates have been a common ingredient in the Moroccan cuisine for centuries. They are used in both in sweet and savory foods from cookies to tajines (stews).
Using this recipe, you will become familiar with a very simple way to stuff dates and to present them beautifully to be all the more appealing to your special guests.
80g granulated sugar.
3 tbsp orange flower water.
1 tbsp melted butter.
¼ tsp cinnamon.
Way of preparation:
1. Boil almonds in water for 5 minutes, drain them then peel them.
2. In a food processor, put peeled almonds, sugar, and cinnamon and ground all well.
3. Add butter and orange flower water then process again until you get a smooth paste.
4. Make small rods in the shape of the date from almond paste and keep them aside.
5. Clean the dates with a wet cloth and cut a lengthwise slit down center of each date to the bottom then remove the pit.
6. Insert one of the small rods of almond paste into the date and press gently sides until paste pushes up slightly above the dates.
7. Do the same process to the rest of the dates.
You can add some food color to the almond paste like green and red to have different colors.
Serve the stuffed dates with milk!
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