If you happen to be visiting someone in Beirut, chances are you will be served this; its rich, sweet and smooth taste belies its utter simplicity. A dear friend Yola Oudaimy (her son is my daughter’s boyfriend) offered me a tray one time; had to have it, over and over again; especially with cardamom-flavored Turkish coffee.
Only three ingredients are needed, dates, butter and plain cookies; a flavoring of orange blossom water or any other of your choice; a thin coating of grated coconut.
- One pound of pitted dates or a date cake (can use less or more, adjust the other proportions)
- 4 ounces or one stick of unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon of orange blossom water (or another flavoring)
- 1 box of LU cookies or any plain cookies such as Ghandour tea cookies, about 8 ounces
- 1/2 cup of shredded coconut
- Cut the plain cookies in small pieces. Set aside.
- Process the dates until pasty and softer; add the butter gradually to obtain a soft paste; add the orange blossom water and mix well.
- Grease a tray; dump the date mixture in a bowl and incorporate the chopped cookies until they are well mixed.
- Transfer the date and cookie mixture into the tray and place a large piece if plastic wrap on it to avoid getting your fingers sticky; start flatten it the mixture all over, trying to keep it as even as possible.
- When it is flattened all over, sprinkle some coconut on the top; refrigerate until serving time.
- To serve, cut in losanges by drawing parallel lines and crisscrossing them.
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