Roasted dates in coffee syrup

Roasted dates in coffee syrup

By
From
Saraban
Makes
12
Photographer
Mark Roper

The intrinsic toffee-sweetness of dates marries beautifully with bitter coffee. This is a simple way of turning fresh dates (or even less-luscious out-of-season dates) into a delectable after-dinner sweetmeat.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
12 large fresh dates, pitted
125ml orange juice
125ml strong black coffee
1 tablespoon soft brown sugar
2 long strips orange peel, all pith removed
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 teaspoon cardamom seeds, ground
40g unsalted butter, chilled and diced

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Arrange the dates in a small ovenproof dish, just large enough to fit them and the remaining ingredients comfortably.
  2. Bring the orange juice, coffee, sugar, peel, cinnamon stick and cardamom to a boil in a small saucepan over a medium heat, then pour over the dates.
  3. Roast the dates for 10–12 minutes, basting frequently. Remove from the oven and leave to cool a little in the syrup. When cool enough to handle, carefully peel the dates and put into a small, deep dish or bowl.
  4. Strain the syrup back into a clean saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer until reduced by half. Whisk in the chilled butter to make a glossy sauce and spoon over the dates.
  5. Serve straight away with ice-cream as a simple dessert. Alternatively, cover and refrigerate and serve as a treat with tea or coffee.
Tags:
Saraban
Malouf
Greg
Lucy
Iran
Iranian
Middle Eastern
Persian
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