[Sca-cooks] Dates

Bhadra bhadradharma at gmail.com
Tue Feb 12 07:15:08 PST 2008

And you haven't sent me any of those yummy dates YET???(see the whimsical
I so miss SoCal, have fun at Estrella... 
Thanks for the recipe

-------Original Message-------
From: Huette von Ahrens
Date: 2/11/2008 10:04:35 PM
To: Cooks within the SCA
Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Dates
I believe that you mean that they are Madjool dates.  These are a wonderful
and very large
variety of dates.  Here in Southern California, we are very lucky as our
area grows and
provides 80% of all the dates grown in the world.  In fact, this coming
weekend starts the
61st annual Date Festival, in Indio, California.  If I weren't going to
Estrella War, I would
be there buying all kinds of dates.
And here is a recipe that you might like, frosty almond date shakes.  This
recipe is from
the Mayo Clinic.
Serves 4
1/3 cup chopped pitted dates
2 tablespoons warm water
2 cups vanilla almond milk, chilled
1/2 cup fat-free vanilla soy or dairy yogurt
1 very ripe banana, frozen
4 ice cubes
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg, plus extra for garnish
Put the dates in a small bowl and sprinkle with the warm water. Let soak for
5 minutes to
soften, then drain.
In a blender, combine the dates, almond milk, yogurt, banana, ice cubes and
the 1/8 teaspoon
nutmeg. Blend until smooth and frothy, about 30 seconds.
Pour into tall, chilled glasses and garnish each with a dusting of nutmeg.
Nutritional Analysis(per serving)
Calories 141
Monounsaturated fat 1 g
Protein 3 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Carbohydrate 31 g
Sodium 97 mg
Total fat 2 g
Fiber 2 g
Saturated fat 1 g
Fruits 1
Protein and dairy 1
--- Barbara Dodge <awench1 at cox.net> wrote:
> I have finally been able to identify the variety of dates I have.  They
are madjoor dates.  This
> cookie recipe looks wonderful, however if I made them with the dates I
have, the cookies would
> be HUGE!  These dates, I kid you not, run about 2-2-1/2 inches long. :-)
> Felicia
> ---- PKSARGE at aol.com wrote:
> =============
> Having spent nearly two years in North Africa and several visits to the
> Middle East (courtesy of Uncle Sam) I can tell you that fresh dates are
indeed a
> treat. There are also many local varieties that never make it outside the
> markets. Here is a recipe that combines stuffed dates and cookies. It is
> "The Spice Cookbook" by Avanella Day and Lillie Stuckey, David White Co.
> York, 1964.
> Blind Date cookies:
> 3 dozen pitted, dried dates
> 3 dozen pecans
> 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
> 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
> 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
> 1/2 cup shortening
> 3/4 cup brown sugar
> 1 large egg
> 1 3/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour
> 1 1/2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
> 1/2 teaspoon salt
> 1/2 cup milk
> Stuff dates with pecans and set aside. Mix together the next 5 ingredients
> until well blended. Beat in egg. Sift flour with baking powder and salt
and add
> to the creamed mixture alternately with milk. Drop dough, in rounded 1/2
> teaspoonsful, 1/2 inches apart, onto lightly greased cooky sheets. Press a
> date into the center of each. Cover date completely with a little more
> Bake in a preheated moderate oven (350 degrees F.) 15 minutes or until
> lighltly browned around the edges. Cool on wire rack. Store airtight.
> YEILD: 3 dozen cookies
> Have fun and enjoy your dates,
> Mykael Halfdan
> AKA Dennis Olson
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