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Dec 16, 2010 12:41 PM

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?


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  1. 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.

    1. Make some crepes for tomorrow's breakfast and spread the filling on those.

      1. On toast. Or... how about making your own steak sauce?

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        1. re: MplsM ary

          I suppose I should add that the dates are already processed with pistachios, confectioners' sugar, and orange blossom water. I'm thinking that the baked date balls sound like a good idea - if I can bring myself to bake anything else now. I need a rest!

        2. 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.