I love dates. Is there a better snack to start or end the day with? I can’t find one. The good news is one can find fantastic dates in California or, of course, in the traditional date-producing countries like Egypt, Iran or KSA. Iraq alone used to have several hundred (if not thousands) of varieties at one time. In Beirut, I stumbled on a shop selling…just dates. The variety I found (amongst dozens of others) is imported from KSA and is golden and literally melts in the mouth. Heavenly.
This is a simple-as-can-be sweet bite, with a date, stuffed with an almond, resting on a pool of berry coulis (or diluted jam), with a snippet of whipped cream.
6 large and moist dates (such as Medjool or Deglet Noor or other variety)
6 whole almonds, preferably toasted
1 cup of berry coulis (purée in a blender 3/4 cup berries, plus 1/4 cup of powdered sugar and a teaspoon of lemon or orange juice)
Whipped cream (optional, I used a can)
1. Pit the dates and stuff each with an almond. Pour a couple of tablespoons of coulis on the dessert spoon, place the date and when serving, a bit of whipped cream on top.
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