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Friday, 20 August 2010

Date Rolls

Makes 40-50 rolls   |     Easy

Another simplified variation to Date desserts. This super easy recipe that can also be frozen allows you to serve date dessert any time and in no time at all! Drizzle with Butterscotch sauce, as dates and butterscotch pair well :)

You Need
2 packets or 50 phyllo squares (can be found in most supermarkets)
225g dates, pitted & mashed (to make mashing dates easier, you can heat them up in 2tbsp boiling water, then mash them with the water)
1 tsp Orange blossm water
1 tsp melted butter
1 tsp rose water optional
Cardamon powder optional
pinch ground cloves optional
Icing Sugar for dusting

To prepare the date filling
Mix well dates, blossom water, rose water, spices if using until well incorporated. shape the mixture into little cylinders about 1 cm (to shape the cylinders, take little pieces of date mixture and roll into small circles, place on work surfce and roll back and forth between your palm and work surface, till you get a cylinder shape. do not roll too thin)

To Roll the sheets
Place 1 date cylinder on the philo sheet. tuck in the sides of the sheet, and roll into a bigger cylinder. Repeat till all quantity is finished.
To make your own filo sheets, click here

To Freeze
If you are going to freeze the prepared rolls then place on wax paper in a container, and seprate layers with wax paper to prevent pieces from sticking to each other. Prepared date rolls can be frozen up to 6 months.

To serve
You can deep fry the rolls till golden, or to control the fat content you can spray with vegetable oil, place on baking sheet &  bake in a 450F oven till golden, turning once.

Let cool for a minute, place on serving platter and dust lightly with Icing Sugar.