# Wednesday, February 04, 2004

I realize that this is rather stream-of-consciousness, but the rhubarb got me thinking about stuffed dates. 

These are possibly the most decadent dessert product I can think of, or at least that I eat semi-regularly :-)

Mix together

  • Some mascarpone cheese (I’ve tried this with whipped cream, but the mascarpone is WAY better)
  • Sweetener of your choice (I use honey or agave nectar, powdered sugar also works)
  • True cinnamon, although regular grocery store cinnamon (which is really cassia) can be used, but doesn’t have the same floral quality
  • A touch of either rose water or orange flower water.  I’ve used both, and tend to prefer the rose, but some people don’t like it

 

Now get some fresh (NOT DRIED) dates, split them down the long axis, take out the pit, and fill the resulting cavity with the filling.  Especially if the dates are really fresh, these will just melt in your mouth (and go straight to your backside).  The best dates I’ve ever had were labeled as “Black Sphinx” dates, and they were truly sublime, like little bags of date flavored jelly, but since I’ve only ever seen them in stores twice, I usually go for medjools instead.  You can use dried dates, but it really won’t be as good.

I’ve also seen some recipes for dates stuffed with almond paste but I haven’t tried those.

Wednesday, February 04, 2004 12:13:56 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [3]
Wednesday, February 04, 2004 4:50:45 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I've never had mascarpone cheese, but how about stuffing them with cream cheese?
Wednesday, February 04, 2004 5:17:47 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
You could, but I would think cream cheese might be a little too dense, and maybe a bit sour. Mascarpone is essentially heavy cream thicken with cream of tartar, so it's a lot like whipped cream only firmer.
Tuesday, September 21, 2004 4:44:35 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Just a comment on black sphinx dates. I am a huge fan and think they are the best date ever. They are very hard to find. For the last couple of years, I've ordered them from a farm in Arizona, the Arizona Date Gardens at www.azdate.com, but the owner last year told me he was looking to sell and retire. I can't find them on the Internet anymore, but you might check if you're as fanatical as I am.
Cindy Cumfer
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