This is one of those homestyle no-bake desserts put together with leftover dates and cookies and kept in the freezer or fridge for days; perfect for a quick sweet nibble or a treat to offer an unexpected guest.
Middle-Eastern stores sell a packaged date paste making the job even easier.
This version is inspired by Anaheed’s Helwayate Anaheed al-shaheeya.
IINGREDIENTS: 8 servings
- 1/2 pound plain cookies (Marie or LU butter)
- 1/2 pound pitted dates or date paste
- 1 cup orange juice or water (if using cut-up dates)
- 1/4 cup sugar (optional)
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup grated sweetened coconut
1. Chop-up the cookies coarsely and set aside in a bowl.
2. Place the cut-up dates, orange juice (or water) in a saucepan till the mixture starts bubbling up; stir, reducing the heat until it thickens. Add the butter, sugar if using, and stir till the butter melts. Cool a bit then add the egg and combine well. Transfer the date mixture to a large bowl and mix with the cut-up cookies. Finally transfer to a loaf pan lined with baking paper and set it to cool in the fridge or freezer.
3. When ready to serve, unmold and coat the date loaf with grated coconut. Serve cold. It can be kept in the freezer or fridge for several days.
NOTE: If using the date paste, start this by placing the butter and sugar in the saucepan; cool the butter mixture (or the egg will cook in it) then add the egg and the date paste and combine the mixture till smooth.