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    Spiced Dates With Mascarpone Cheese

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    35 mins

    5 mins

    30 mins

    Mirj's Note:

    Fancy shmancy, but very easy to make. Very MiddleEastern/Mediterranean! You can serve it as a fruity appetizer or as a dessert.

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    1. 1
      In a medium saucepan, bring the wine to a simmer.
    2. 2
      Add the dates and poach until the skins blister.
    3. 3
      With a slotted spoon, lift out the dates and, while warm, remove and discard the skins.
    4. 4
      Cut open the dates on one long side, remove the pits and place two almonds in the center of each date.
    5. 5
      Fold closed.
    6. 6
      To the wine, add the honey, peppercorns, cloves, orange zest, allspice, cinnamon sticks and bay leaf.
    7. 7
      Continue simmering until the wine is reduced by half, about 20 minutes.
    8. 8
      Strain wine into a clean saucepan.
    9. 9
      Add the dates to the wine and heat gently, over a medium low heat, until warmed through, but not hot, then remove from heat.
    10. 10
      To serve, place a dollop of mascarpone in the center of each of four plates.
    11. 11
      Spoon two dates and a little wine sauce on each plate, sprinkle lightly with sea salt and serve.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 01, 2003


      WOW Mirj, these are sooo special!! Not enough stars to give! First of all I thought cheeze, a whole bottle of wine, seemed like such a lot for 8 dates. Was I wrong, by the time it was reduced with the spices, it was exactly right. And the aroma while reducing, filled the house with heaven!! And the taste,I wish I had better words to describe it, the sweet warm spiceyness of the dates,almonds and sauce with the coolness of the mascarpone and the touch of salt was perfection!! I really have to restrain myself, I shouldn't even have had one, but I had to, the aroma just captured me and the devil made me do it!! One less for DH and the rest. This one will become a part of the special stuff we do for the Holiday season and for real special company! Thank-you so much for posting it.

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    • on May 05, 2006

      I made it and i will make it again before rating it but this is what i think. First of all it's way too much wine. Even reduced by half it's way too much wine. I ended up using less than half of the reduced wine. Second - the listed amount of spices is too much. It gave the wine a bitter taste and an odd flavor that really didn't give any hint about cloves or pepper or anything but something not-quite-right. Maybe having to boil so much wine until is reduced by half took out all the flavors from the spices and I was left with their bitter taste. I'll try again using half the wine, 1/4 of spices or less and a pinch of salt to balance bitterness.

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    • on May 21, 2004

      Oh my goodness - this was amazing. I had this desert at Mario Batali's Lupa the other night and was dying to replicate it. This recipe is perfect!! Because it's so rich and sweet, I served it with a slightly chilled semi-dry Moscato di'Asti for balance. Hats off to you - the recipe is PERFECT! Thanks so much!

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    Nutritional Facts for Spiced Dates With Mascarpone Cheese

    Serving Size: 1 (728 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 766.0
    Calories from Fat 46
    Total Fat 5.2 g
    Saturated Fat 0.8 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 53.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 67.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 9.2 g
    Sugars 32.1 g
    Protein 4.0 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    allspice berries

    mascarpone cheese

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