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Dates In A Blanket

I have a large bag of pitted dates, some leftover pie dough from yesterdays pie. I love dates but Medjool are my date of choice for snacking, don’t get me wrong, these dates are good but not medjool and there is a major difference. I really love re-purposing things and hate throwing anything away. When I make a pie I take the scraps and wrap them in plastic and refrigerate them. My idea was to make something similar to pigs in a blanket and using the same principle make a bite size sweet treat. I rolled out the pastry dough, lightly smeared it with a mixture of softened butter, sugar, orange zest and cardamom, cut it into strips and rolled each date in a strip of dough, brushed it with cream and sprinkled on turbinado sugar. These little bites are so easy to make, taste delicious and make the perfect bite size dessert. The dates that were formerly a bit dry are now soft and warm and subtly flavored with the cardamom and orange and are encased in flaky pastry. I did not put amounts for the ingredients, do it according to taste and how many you want to make.

Dates (pitted)
pastry dough (pie, puff or phylo would all work)
softened butter
Sugar (granulated and turbinado)
Orange zest
Mix butter, granulated sugar, cardamom and orange zest together. Roll out pastry dough and cut into approximately 2 inch strips. Cut each strip into 2 or 3 pieces so you have enough to encase the date. Roll date in dough, brush with egg wash or cream, sprinkle with turbinado sugar and bake at 375 degres for approximately 20 minutes.
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  1. I love this sweet version of the popular canapé – it looks super tasty – I love dates 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    May 12, 2012
    • Thank you so much, me too! Dates are such a delicious snack and have to say really like pig in a blanket too!

      May 12, 2012
  2. Great idea. I bet these are mighty tasty!

    May 12, 2012
  3. Bevi #

    I love repurposing Ingredients! These are great!

    May 13, 2012
    • Thanks Bevi they are really good! Happy Mothers day to you!! I hope you had a wonderful day.

      May 13, 2012
  4. I love so many things about this – repurposing things (especially keeping leftover pastry dough!), but also the flavours – orange and cardomom in dates, in crust….heaven!

    May 15, 2012
    • Thank you so much, I just hate throwing anything away but the flavors of this are so nice.

      May 15, 2012
  5. What an inspired idea! Love your sweet little bites.

    May 17, 2012
    • Thank you so much Hannah, they are so delicious especially with a bowl of ice cream!

      May 17, 2012
  6. petit4chocolatier #

    These look adorably scrumptious. I have never made these before and it looks like a delicious recipe for the holidays. Bookmarking it!

    September 29, 2012
    • They are delicious little bites, I like to use medjool dates, they are so soft and creamy. Thank you so much.

      September 30, 2012
      • petit4chocolatier #

        I love them. It will be something new for me to try to prepare. I can’t wait for my holiday baking. I love your blog. I began a new page of reblog tastings and added a few of your links on it. I hope anyone that looks at it checks out your other delicious recipes!


        September 30, 2012
      • You are so kind, thank you so much! I am so happy I found your blog.

        September 30, 2012

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