Ancient Egyptian "date Candy" (For 2 People)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins

Figs, dates, pomegranates and grapes were the only fruits that could be grown in the hot climate. From: Ancient Egyptian Food and Drink. This recipe was from 1600BC and was found on an ostraca. *NOTE* There are no times given but I'm thinking it would go pretty quickly with the food processor.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. mix the dates with some water to paste.
  2. mix in cinnamon and kardemon seeds.
  3. kneed in the walnuts.
  4. form balls, spread with honey and cover in the ground almonds.
Most Helpful

If one stupidly forgos one's stick blender :-) and tries to be authentic, it is not easy to make a paste out of dates. One has to admire the cooks of the day. The flavor is just wonderful...the cardamom seeds are a little burst of concentrated but delightful flavor. I made mine tiny--marble size--because they are really an intense sweetmeat.

BarbryT June 17, 2007

Excellent! The taste is wonderful. I totally forgot to buy almonds so mine were a little sticky without the coating but that's my fault entirely. The combination of walnut and dates was inspired and we loved these. The honey gives a touch of sweetness and after a quick burst with a stick mixer these were ready in next to no time. Please see my rating system: an excellent 5 stars for a recipe where flavours come together and make magic. Thanks!

kiwidutch June 16, 2007

My daughter made these for a project on ancient egypt. The kids in her class liked them. I thought they tasted like the filling from a date square. They were easy to make but I made them quite small. I got about 30 small round balls. Thanks for the recipe.

Cilantro in Canada June 08, 2007