Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Farmhouse Buttered Dates with Cashews (1970)

  • 12-oz pitted dates, fresh or package
  • 2 tbspns butter
  • 1/3 salted cashews
  • 1/2 cup, sifted confectioners sugar
Remove any stem ends from dates; set aside.

Melt butter in 8-inch heavy skillet over medium heat.  Add dates, one at a time, and cook 6 to 8 minutes, stirring  with a rubber spatula.  Remove from heat and let stand in skillet to cool until easy to handle.

Meanwhile, sort out 42 perfect cashews. Stuff each date with 1 nut (you may need more for large dates).

Drop stuffed dates, about 6 at a time, into confectioners sugar.  Shake off any excess sugar.  Continue until all dates are coated.  

Wrap individually in waxed paper, twisting ends.  Makes about 42 pieces. 

(You may also stuff dates with small or halved Brazil nuts, but be sure to heat them first with butter and a little salt.)

(Origin - "Homemade Candy" by the food editors of Farm Journal, 1970.)

More from the Farm Journal's "Homemade Candy"

Farmer's Apricot Pecan Candy (1970)

1 comment:

  1. This recipe brings back good memories from decades gone by. My mom made these for the holidays, but she used pecan or walnut meats and rolled them in granulated sugar. :-)