Delicious RecipesUsing Dates
The date palm, native to the Middle East, was mentioned in the bible as the "tree of life," and the word "date" comes from the Greek "daktulos," which means "finger." Dates grow in large bunches which can weigh as much as 40 pounds, and large trees will yield more than 1,000 dates each year. In many countries dates are added to salads, couscous dishes and curries, but in North America they're most commonly used in baked desserts and confections. Because dates are very high in sugar, they can easily be converted into sugar. To make date sugar, arrange sliced dates on a baking sheet and bake at 450° for 10 to 15 minutes, or until very dry and hard as rocks. Grind or process in a food processor to make sugar.
Date Nut Bread
Dark and sweet, bursting with plump dates and crunchy nuts. Keeps well!
1 1/2 cups chopped, pitted dates,
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Bring water to boil in small saucepan. Stir in dates. Remove from heat and cool until lukewarm.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place brown sugar and butter in mixer bowl; cream until blended. Add egg and beat until smooth. Add date/water mixture, and beat until blended.
In another bowl, combine flour, soda and salt, mixing thoroughly. Stir wet ingredients into flour mixture, stirring just until blended. Do not overbeat; batter should be lumpy. Fold in nuts.
Pour batter into greased loaf pan, or three small mini-loaf pans. Bake until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 60-75 minutes for large loaf, 45-60 minutes for mini-loaves.
Remove from oven and cool in pan for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.
Date Chip Cookies
A delicious variation of the classic chocolate chip cookie with all the natural nutrition of dates!
1 lb 10 oz diced dates
lbs 12 oz cake flour
1/2 oz Salt
1/2 oz Baking Soda
1 lb 4 oz Brown Sugar, Light
1 lb 4 oz Granulated Sugar
1 lb 10 oz Butter
7 Whole Eggs
1 oz Vanilla
1 lb Chocolate Chips (optional)
1. Soak dates in hot water for 1 minute. Drain 15-20 minutes.
2. Blend flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
3. Place butter and sugar in 20 quart mixing bowl. Cream until light and fluffy.
4. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix until incorporated.
5. Mixing on slow speed, blend in dries.
6. Mix in conditioned dates and chips slowly.
7. Deposit about 3/4 oz. batter/cookie on parchment lined-baking sheets.
8. Bake 375degrees Fahrenheit for 7 to 9 minutes.
YIELD: 15-16 Dozen Cookies
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