Date delight sandwiches are a delicate and delicious sandwich like dessert rich in Middle Eastern flavours but made with a twist! This sweetened ricotta sandwiched between two layers of dates, pistachio or coconut shining beautifully is simply too hard to resist.
The presentation of this dessert is beautiful and a unique addition to any dessert table or dinner party. Three layers of date tartlets look so pretty but they are a little challenging to eat.
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- 2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoon rosewater
- 200 grams ricotta
- 1 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 tablespoons rosewater
- 250 grams dates pitted and roughly cut (good quality)
- 1 tablespoon butter (unsalted)
- 1 tablespoon walnuts finely ground
- 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut
- slivered pistachio to garnish
*The traditional filling for these is Ashta. Ricotta is my simplified version. It’s texture makes the perfect substitution.
*Keep the sugar syrup light by not boiling it too long. This will keep the dough tender and easy to bite through
*Sugar syrup will thicken once completely cool
*cutting the dough on baking/parchment paper prevents it from sticking
To make the sugar syrup, place sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Add the lemon juice, lower the heat and continue to boil for approximately 5 minutes until syrup slightly thickens. Add the rosewater. Remove from heat and cool completely.
To prepare the filling: Combine filling ingredients together. Cover and set aside.
Combine date dough ingredients in a small pot over medium heat. Stir until a sticky dough is formed.
Scoop a walnut size round dough and roll into a ball. The size of your scoop will very much depend on the size you prefer your desserts. Place in the palm of your hand and flatten. Repeat with remaining dough.
To ensure they are all the same size, use a cookie cutter as shown below. The tip here is to slightly dip your fingers in water so the mixture does not stick to your hands.
Scoop filling mixture over the first layer of dates tartlet and place a second dates tartlet on top resembling a sandwich.
Spoon remaining filling mixture on top and garnish with slivered pistachio or coarsely ground pistachio.
Makes approximately 12
Why you will love these:
unique dessert for dinner party