Stuffed Dates with Orange Blossom Cream

The things I come home with from vacation. In my suitcase this time: pine honey, hot Hungarian paprika and… orange blossom water.

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Why? I’m not really sure. I’m a sucker for random foodie purchases, though, and the rosewater just seemed kind of boring in comparison. I threw the bottle in my basket and figured I’d make something “dessert-like” with it. Good plan, Rach.

As usual, about a month after returning home and unpacking my rather illogical purchases, I found my bottle of orange blossom water in the back of a kitchen cupboard. Great: now what do I do with it?

You would think that the overwhelming flavor or aroma to orange blossom water would be smack-you-in-the-face citrus, but it’s more complex than that. There’s another layer of flavor that is more aromatic and reminds me of freshly cut herbs. I thought that this herbal quality would make it stand up nicely as a contrast in something sweet – and it really does! So I used the water to flavor this Orange Blossom Cream as a filling for stuffed dates: the combination of creamy filling and chewy date is super satisfying and makes a nice change to the usual savory versions of stuffed dates I make.

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If you’re feeling lazy – like I often do – you can skip the stuffing and just dunk the dates into the Orange Blossom Cream like a fruit dip. It is also fantastic on some nice crunchy apple slices. Give it a whirl!

Stuffed Dates with Orange Blossom Cream

Stuffed Dates with Orange Blossom Cream

Switch up your standard stuffed dates with this dessert version using an orange blossom water infused Paleo "cream".

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add the almond meal and raw honey to a food processor. Process until the meal begins to clump together.
  2. Scrape down the sides of the processor and pour the orange blossom water into the bowl. Process until you have a smoothly combined "cream".
  3. Split the dates (but don't cut them all the way through). Fill them with the Orange Blossom Cream - you can also just dip them in to save precious snack time ;)

Notes

You will probably have some leftover Orange Blossom Cream - the leftover cream can be refrigerated or frozen until needed again.

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