Orangettes and Stuffed Almond-Paste Dates

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IMG_6585Serves 40 Orangettes

For the Orangettes:

  • 4 oranges Navel
  • Sugar (granulated white sugar)
  • Water

Procedure:

  1. Wash the oranges.
  2. With a knife cut strips from the oranges.
  3. Cut  the peel into thin slices.
  4. Boil water in a cooking pan and add the orange peels.
  5. Boil for 15 minutes on medium heat.
  6. Rinse the orange peels and repeat again one more time, this process help to remove the excess of the bitterness.
  7. Weigh the orange peels and add the same weigh of granulated white sugar and cover with water.
  8. Cook until to reduce the water, the syrup becomes thick.
  9. Drain the orange peels and put it on a parchment paper and set aside for 24 hours.
  10. In a bowl pour a little bit of white granulated sugar and add the orange peels, mix the sugar and the orange peels.
  11. The sugar will crystallize the Orangettes.

The taste is sweet and a little bitter, perfect to accompany desserts.

Stuffed Dates:

Serves 10

Ingredients:

  • 15 fresh dates (deglet nour for me)
  • 100g of almond powder
  • 100g of icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoon of orange water blossom
  • Food coloring
  • 1 drop of pure almond extract
  • White granulated sugar for decoration.

Procedure:

  1. Make a vertical cut in the middle of the date and remove the pit, proceed the same way for all the dates and set aside.
  2. In a bowl mix the almond powder and the icing sugar.
  3. Pour a drop of pure almond extract.
  4. Pour a drop of food coloring (green for me).
  5. Pour 2 tablespoons of orange water blossom and mix again with your fingers until you obtain a compact dough.
  6. Put the dough into a plastic bag and store into the fridge for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove the dough from the fridge.
  8. Pinch a little of the almond paste, make a little roll cylinder the size of the date and fill the inside of the date.
  9. Sprinkle with the  white granulated sugar.

This almond paste can be stored for 1 month in the fridge.

It’s soft and sweet, a perfect delicatessen for winter festive and the flavor of Deglet Noor date is unique. A family recipe from 4 generations.

Bon Appetit.

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