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FACTS & INDULGENCE INTO THIS SWEET OCTOBER FRUIT

Dates are a very important part of both our culture and dietary plans; almost everyone likes dates in one form or another. An interesting fact about dates is that no one can trace their actual place of origin, because of long cultivation but it probably originated from lands around Iraq. Dates are known for being a sweet fruit and are of great significance to the Islamic nation worldwide.

Dates are very high in sugars and calories but if eaten in moderation, they could be of great benefit to the body since they contain a lot of protein and fibers. Dates are so versatile; they can be eaten as a snack, a dessert or added to a delicious salad or meal to give it this tasty kick. Better yet, they can be integrated into a sweet mouthwatering dessert.

The date harvest season starts at the end of August, but they’re best consumed throughout the month of October when it’s almost autumn time. One of the nicest ways to enjoy a dates is by creating your own Date Biscuit dessert at home – and we’ve got just the right recipe for you here:

Date Biscuit dessert – (Yields about 8 biscuits)

65g Butter                                     65g Icing Sugar

2 Egg whites                                 55g Flour

½ Kg Black peeled dates       ½ cup Caramel sauce

A pinch of vanilla powder

1- First off, start by sifting the icing sugar and flour each separately and set aside.

2- Then using a fork, mash and soften the butter. Add icing sugar to the butter and whisk until the mixture is a pale yellow.

3- Add half of the egg whites, mix well, then add the flour all at once. Gradually add the butter, sugar and rest of egg whites to the mix

4- Add the vanilla powder and fold in well while you preheat oven to 200 degrees.

5- Place the equivalent of 1 tbsp of dough you just made on a baking sheet (repeat with the remaining batter)

6- Bake for 6-7 minutes (or until the edges are lightly brown and the center is set – make sure not to overcook them)

7- Remove the baking sheet from the oven and using a spatula to separate the flat cookies from the baking sheet. Center and fold the cookies onto a cylinder or bottleneck (if you want to create biscuit cups).

8- Once they harden, place soft peeled dates into each cookie and drizzle caramel syrup onto the dates. Finally, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and top it off with ground cinnamon and caramel syrup.

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