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Date syrup from Israel -- suggestions?

ozhead Jan 7, 2008 12:56 PM

My daughter just returned from a trip to Israel, and brought back for me a small jar of date syrup. It is dark brown, thicker than maple syrup but thinner than molasses, sweet without being cloying and with a distinct date flavor. This stuff is delicious by the spoonful right out of the jar, but I would imagine people use it for other things (though if not I won't be too disappointed; my spoon is ready!)

So: anybody have any ideas? More to the point, any middle easterners out there who have used it? If so, for what?

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    Nancy Berry Jan 7, 2008 10:01 PM

    Tahini and Date Syrup Dip (Dibis W'rashi) http://www.recipezaar.com/190396

    Zibibiya- Iraqi New Year Soup http://iraqifamilycookbook.blogspot.com/

    It's also used in Iraqi Haroset during Passover.

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    1. re: Nancy Berry
      ChowFun_derek Jan 9, 2008 04:14 PM

      Iraqi Haroset is my personal favorite...it uses Silan (date syrup) and crushed walnuts...that's it, but is my favorite of all the international ones I've made or tried......Amba however is a taste I expect I will never acquire....

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      dmjuli Jan 8, 2008 07:07 AM

      It is very good in Total Yogurt!

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        brownie Jan 8, 2008 07:19 AM

        I've used it to replace sugar in oatmeal cookies and it lends a lovely different note of sweetness. I've also used it to replace sugar in these bran-carob-banana muffins I make. You can buy big jars of it at a middle eastern grocery store, so, if you do have one near you, you should use what your daughter bought you without hesitation!

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          ozhead Jan 8, 2008 03:03 PM

          Middle eastern groceries of many varieties are no strangers to southern California, where I am, so I have no qualms about using the little jar my daughter brought.

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          RPMcMurphy Jan 8, 2008 07:34 AM

          Seems almost similar to the Apple/Pear syrup I posted about (still on the front page) from Belgium. It sometimes contains dates (albeit not the main ingredient)

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          1. pikawicca Jan 8, 2008 03:11 PM

            You can use this in any recipe calling for pomegranate molasses.

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              MacGuffin Jul 17, 2011 10:40 AM

              It's an awful lot sweeter than pomegranate molasses, no? Dibis w'rashi made with "dibis tamar" (pomegranate molasses)--unlike that made with grape, date, or carob molasses--isn't very good--much too tart.

              Second the suggestion to use it for it for dibis w'rashi and the haroseth sounds wonderful. I'll need to find pesadik dibis tamar/silan, though. Obviously, the Al Wadi I use won't cut it. ;)

              1. re: MacGuffin
                smoocat Apr 14, 2014 12:20 PM

                I think you meant 'dibis rumman'.
                'Rumman' means pomegranate. 'Tamar' means dates :).
                (Was an Arabic major in college.)

                Man, so excited other people know about these recipes!

                1. re: smoocat
                  MacGuffin Apr 14, 2014 01:06 PM

                  You're absolutely right (DUH!). I took a few years of Arabic, plus a LOT of Hebrew and use a LOT of dates for sweetening smoothies and such (The Date People are my source), so there's no excuse for such a dumb goof.
                  ‎‫شكرا !‬ (I had to copy and paste that--no Arabic on my keyboard!)

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                    smoocat Apr 14, 2014 01:16 PM


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              glutton Jan 8, 2008 04:21 PM

              You could probably mix this syrup and some small date pieces into an ice cream, which would be pretty tasty. Or you could make a milkshake with it.

              1. luckyfatima Jan 9, 2008 12:36 AM

                if you make fresh doughnuts or begnet or sopapillas or any type of fried bread type item, you can drizzle it over that.

                There is a doughnut hole type sweet called Luqemaat or Luqmaat il Qazi (google for recipe) and you can put the syrup on that instead of a sugar syrup.

                1. alkapal Jan 9, 2008 03:45 AM

                  in my mind, i'm treating it like honey....so wherever you might use honey...

                  i was thinking of drizzling it on cheese from an after dinner cheese plate! maybe a gorgonzola? or an appetizer with a smooth french goat cheese, like bucheron?

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                    howboy Jan 9, 2008 10:29 AM

                    Doll it up a bit and use it as a glaze on lamb or duck or chicken.

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                      zwi52oz Jan 27, 2008 05:11 AM

                      It is great drizzled (sparingly) on salads and any meat/chicken dish, as you would use concentrated blasamic glaze.
                      It adds a wonderful sweet-tart flavour.

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                        ramanm Apr 2, 2009 02:40 PM

                        Simply mix some in Tahini to taste, like we Assyrians do. Don't add lemon. Makes a delicious dip for breakfast. Enjoy with pita bread and some nice hot Middle Eastern tea.

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                          ChowFun_derek Feb 20, 2010 11:18 PM

                          That sounds like great combo...I will definitely give it a try...thanks

                        2. alkapal Apr 2, 2009 05:14 PM

                          has anyone used date *molasses*? i just bought some.....

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                            Infomaniac Apr 2, 2009 07:28 PM

                            Use it as you would pomegranate molasses, but I like date molasses on a good vanilla ice cream.

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                            karela Apr 1, 2010 08:31 PM

                            I just love this stuff!

                            Since no one posted a "recipe" for Iraqi Haroset, I will just clarify that it is date syrup (aka silan) and finely chopped walnuts in around a 4:1 syrup to nut ratio. It makes a chunky mortar. :-)

                            The best part, however is having it with yoghurt for breakfast the next morning...It will also enliven any flavourless strawberries that you may have accidentally purchased (or have been brought for passover).

                            It isn't at all like pomegranate molasses, since it lacks that sour kick.

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