[Sca-cooks] Hais question

Daniel & Elizabeth Phelps dephelps at embarqmail.com
Mon Oct 19 15:11:23 PDT 2009

I've only made hais once using David Waines's recipe out of  "In a Caliph's 

His is as follows:

225 g./8 oz cooking dates, cut up
175 g./6 oz. digestive biscuits, powdered
50 g./2 oz. shelled pistachios, chopped fine
50 g/2 oz. ground almonds
2 tablespoons sesame seed oil
castor or granulated sugar as required


1)If the dates are very solid, you will need to soften them up by placing 
them in a pan with a little water and heating very gently while masking tem 
with a wooden spoon.
2)Mix togeather all the ingredients and knead well into one large ball. 
Then pinch off small portions of the mixture and roll in the palms of the 
hands forming bite sized balls.  Place them next in a container which has 
sugar spread across the bottom and shake the balls around so that they 
become thoroughly coated with the sugar.  Keep in the refrigerator until 
ready to use.

There is a picture of some covered with powdered sugar and some not coated 
at all.

What are digestive biscuits and what are the US equivalents?


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