Sharon's Recipes

MARCH: Dates With Coffee And Cardamom

I made this two weeks ago for some friends and they requested that it be on my web site. Thanks to Gourmet with a few ideas of my own.


1 quart whole milk yogurt – Drained for two hours through cheesecloth, then refrigerated.
2 cups pitted Medjool Dates, about 1 lb
2.5 cups freshly made espresso
1 tbsp of sugar
20 whole green cardamom pods, lightly crushed
1 cinnamon stick broken in half

Place pitted dates in a heat proof bowl.

Bring espresso, sugar, cardamom pods, and cinnamon stick to a boil in a small saucepan. Pour over the dates and cool to room temp. Steep the dates covered and chilled overnight.

The next day drain the liquid, place in a small saucepan and reheat. Reduce by 1.4 to 1.3. Pour over the dates, cool and refrigerate for up to five days. The longer it sits the tastier it gets.

Divide the yogurt between 8 dessert bowls. Place 3-4 dates over the yogurt. Ladle coffee syrup over the top.

I think this would also be good over ricotta lightened with a little whipped cream.

Serves 8


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