Here’s the other dish that I made for last night’s dinner. These were a big hit with the adults, but not so much with the kids. Well, my kid at least didn’t like the cardamom in them, but that just left more for us adults! This recipe doesn’t make a lot–probably about 12 slices.
(By the way, I stole this recipe from One Hot Stove–minus the cream and whole milk, that is! )
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1/2-3/4 cup soy milk
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
- pinch salt
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds optional
- Chop the dates coarsely. (I used a food processor to do this.)
- Chop the walnuts coarsely. (You may toast them if you wish, but I didn’t.) Grind the almonds to a powder (again, use the food processor).
- In a small saucepan, combine the dates and 1/2 cup soy milk. Bring to a boil and then simmer on medium-low heat, stirring often, till the dates break down and the mixture cooks into a thick consistency that leaves the sides of the saucepan. If it seems to be drying out before the dates break down, add some more soy milk, up to another 1/4 cup.
- Turn off the heat. Stir in walnuts, cardamom and a pinch of salt and combine well. Let the mixture cool almost to room temperature.
- Place the date mixture on a plastic sheet and form it into a long roll. Roll it in almond powder to get it coated.
- Place the roll in the freezer for an hour or more, then cut into 1/2 inch thick slices. Sprinkle sesame seeds on the slices if desired. (Supposedly you can store these in the freezer for a quick treat, but I wouldn’t know; they were all gone pretty fast when I served them.)
Adapted from Date-Nut Slices at One Hot Stove.
I will definitely make this again. E. will just have to get used to the taste of cardamom.
Thanks to Nupur at One Hot Stove for the great recipe!