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Dates are a cornerstone of Gulf cuisine. In this episode, they take center stage in Martha’s kitchen. Explore the versatility of this world-famous ingredient through both savory and sweet dishes that include date-stuffed baby eggplant, mackerel with date butter, chocolate-date pudding cake, and date truffles. Don’t forget to make a date with this super food!
This Week’s Recipe
This date truffles recipe appears in the "Dates" episode of Martha Stewart's Cooking School.
- 2 tablespoons almond flour
- 2 tablespoons powdered milk
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus 1/4 teaspoon for coating
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 9 ounces (250 grams) date paste
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, plus 1/2 cup for coating
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 8 ounces (225 grams) dark chocolate (70 percent cacao), chopped
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- Chopped pistachios, chopped toasted coconut flakes, and toasted sesame seeds, for coating
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- Combine almond flour, powdered milk, and spices in a small skillet and place over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is fragrant and light brown in color, about 2 minutes.
- Add butter and stir until the butter is melted and mixture is well combined. Transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer and let cool, at least 5 minutes.
- Add date paste, cocoa, and salt to bowl and beat until well combined using the paddle attachment. Scoop balls using a tablespoon or a small ice-cream scoop and drop onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roll between damp hands to smooth. Refrigerate truffles at least 1 hour and up to overnight.
- Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring until smooth; stir in coconut oil. Dip truffles into chocolate, scraping along the edge of the bowl to remove any excess chocolate.
- Roll to coat in pistachios, coconut, or sesame seeds, or a mixture of sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/2 cup cocoa powder.
Yield: Makes 2 dozen