So easy to make and such a delicious treat these Moroccan stuffed dates are great as a sweet snack, or serve them after a flavoursome Moroccan dinner.
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes
🥘 Main ingredients
Almond paste stuffing;
- blanched almonds
- orange flower
- oil (nut oil or olive oil)
🍮 Moroccan sweets
Sweets are a big part of the Moroccan cuisine. These stuffed dates are particular popular during the month of ramadan, during which these sweets are served to break the daily fast.
But at any time of the day, or month of the year sweets are an important part of Moroccan daily life. From breakfast time, snacking throughout the day and with dessert, sugary good are always part of them. I always get very strange looks when I ask for mint tea without sugar. And often it is impossible to get as the mint tea has been brewing with the an enormous dose of sugar already added.
Though I don't have a big sweet tooth, these stuffed dates are delicious. Filled with a orange flower flavoured almond paste and lots of added sugar 😉 Some would decorate these dates with even more (coloured) sugar, I prefer to add a bit of extra nuttiness by using a walnut as decoration. Of course you can adjust the decoration to your own liking.
In any event it is impossible to completely go sugar-free in Morocco, so you better pick a few of your personal favourites to enjoy while you are in Moroccan company.
Check out my other Moroccan sweets;
These stuffed dates are very easy and quick to make. I find handy to have sweet almond paste ready in my cupboard for any 'last minute event' to quickly be able to stuff some dates. ENJOY! Please don't forget to add @haricoco1 to your instagram posts, I always love to see others creativity.
- 20 dates
- 5 walnuts cut in quaters
Almond paste stuffing;
- 150 g blanched almonds
- 60 g sugar
- ½ tablespoon orange flower
- 1 tablespoon oil nut oil or olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- In a food processor blend the almonds, sugar, and cinnamon until you have a finely ground mixture, just at the moment when it starts releasing its natural oils and get slightly moist.
- Add the oil and orange flower, it will now start forming a nice thick paste.
- Slice the dates open on one side without cutting them in half, remove the pit, and stuff the dates generously with the almond paste.
- Top with a quarter of a walnut.
These stuffed dates are part of my new (and under continues construction) series; 'Travels of taste'. We use our taste buds to travel the world and discover the use of our senses and imaginations to meet other cultures through food. So today we find ourselves in Morocco. Discover all the flavours Morocco has to offer, check out my full Moroccan 'travels of taste' post; >>> Morocco - the flavours of the souk