With zero Eid prep on my own hands, I have the time to sit down and share a quick treat you can add to your own Eid party. Or, you know, on any other regular day of the week. I went a little mad and bought a whole lot of dates and am now left trying to use them in EVERYTHING. I’m planning cookies, brownies, drinks, cakes … but for now I’m keeping it easy and dressing them up to look fancy, without actually trying very hard.
I made quite a few different flavour combos, using different types of chocolates and toppings, but the raspberry and pistachio ones came out on top. Swap the seed inside for a pistachio, lather with a luxurious helping of rich white chocolate, top with tart and vibrant raspberry powder, and crunchy pistachios, and you’ve got yourself a snack that not only looks and sounds attractive, but tastes it too.
Note: freeze dried raspberries are easier to get your hands on than raspberry powder. So if you can’t find any powder, take the dried raspberries and crush in a sealed plastic bag with a rolling pin. Also, if once you’ve melted the chocolate you find it’s not easy to coat the dates, the loosen it up a little with a teaspoon, or two, of vegetable oil, until you get the desired consistency. Take care not to make it too runny or the dates won’t be evenly coated.
- 12 medjool dates (or other variaties of dates)
- 200g good quality white chocolate
- A handful of pistachios, roughly chopped.
- 2 tsp raspberry powder
- Vegetable oil, if needed
- Remove the seeds from the dates, and insert 1 or 2 pistachios in its place. Seal the dates back together by rubbing the open edges together.
- Melt the chocolate in a small open over a low heat. Be careful not to let it burn. Check the consistency - if its not runny enough to coat the dates then add 1 tsp of vegetable oil. Stir and check again. Dip the dates into the chocolate, making sure to coat the entire surface. Place the dates onto greasproof paper on a tray. Sprinkle with pistachios and raspberry powder.
- Place the dates in the fridge and leave to set for at least 1 hour.