Ancient Luxury: Stuffed Dates


This is my second foray into the world of recipe sharing.  Like my first, the dish is inspired by the biblical foods, and a bit of history.

I first came across this desert/snack when I was at university.  When I was introduced to it, it was called Dates Alexander.  While I cannot back up the claim that this was a favoured dish of Alexander the Great, it does contain ingredients that would have been familiar to him and his men.

Dates Alexander


24 pitted dates

24 blanched almonds

1/4 cup of honey (ideally raw not pasturised) or 1/3 cup if more drizzle is desired

1/4 cup shelled crushed pistachios

Gently stuff each date with an almond and set aside.  Then pour honey in a small saucepan and gently warm (do not allow to boil or even become hot).

Remove the warm honey from the heat and gently drop in the fruit, and let set about five minutes until honey is starting to thicken again.

Place crushed pistachios into a small bowl, and roll each date gently into the nuts until crusted.  Organinse nut covered dates onto a plate and drizzle any remaining honey over the fruits.

Chill for 30 minutes and serve as a dessert (6 dates) or as a snack (3-4 dates).

Let me know what you think.


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