Spiced Dates With Mascarpone Cheese

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by Mirj2338

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

Top Review by Derf2440

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.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the wine to a simmer.
  2. Add the dates and poach until the skins blister.
  3. With a slotted spoon, lift out the dates and, while warm, remove and discard the skins.
  4. Cut open the dates on one long side, remove the pits and place two almonds in the center of each date.
  5. Fold closed.
  6. To the wine, add the honey, peppercorns, cloves, orange zest, allspice, cinnamon sticks and bay leaf.
  7. Continue simmering until the wine is reduced by half, about 20 minutes.
  8. Strain wine into a clean saucepan.
  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. To serve, place a dollop of mascarpone in the center of each of four plates.
  11. Spoon two dates and a little wine sauce on each plate, sprinkle lightly with sea salt and serve.

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