Iraqi Date Sweetmeat (Holwah Tamar) (Gluten Free)

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Total Time
10 mins
20 mins

A delicious sweet snack which would go well with tea or coffee. Originally POSTED FOR RAMADAN TAG, yet I have since tried it and enjoyed. Out of The Complete Middle East Cookbook By Tess Mallos.

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  1. Chop dates roughly and place in a heavy pan with the ghee.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until dates soften, and are combined with the ghee.
  3. spread half the date mixture in a 9 in (23 cm) square pan.
  4. Sprinkle walnut pieces over the dates, pressing them in lightly. Place remaining date mixture on top, spreading it evenly.
  5. Sprinkle evenly with toasted sesame seeds, pressing them on lightly.
  6. Leave until cool and cut into small squares or diamond shapes.
  7. Store in a sealed container and serve as a sweetmeat.