Leftover date filling
I have about 3/4 - 1 c. leftover date filling from making ma'amoul. Short of making another batch of dough for ma'amoul, any idea what I can do with the date filling?
You don't have enough filling for a batch of date bars, but you can use it as a filling for a small batch of two layer butter cookies, or as a thin base for a caramel flan tart, as a base for a sweet potato pie, or a baked date ball, combined with whipped egg whites, chopped walnuts and roll in shredded coconut, bake for 12-15 minutes at 350° until set, or a unbaked date ball, a holiday fav of mine, date filling combined with finely chopped hazelnuts or almonds and rolled in unsweetened coconut. You could add a teaspoon of the filling to the center of your favorite bran muffin batter, or any sweet muffin batter really, maybe not corn, for a little surprise bite.
I'm a date fanatic, btw, I have always loved them big time since childhood. I cannot have dates around the house, as I just eat them up, they never make it into any recipes. Happily we have some very good Middle Eastern grocery stores in Brooklyn for all my date needs.
Yummy ma'amool! I am so jealous. In the Arabian Gulf I was served meals that included a bowl of mashed dates, sometimes mashed with cumin. You just have a few bites of it with a meal, like a side dish or pickle. I had it served with spice marinated fried fish and rice, or with roasted meat and rice. It adds a sweet change of flavor to the mouth, and also aids digestion. I might just eat it like that if I had some left over.