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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.