There are few things better than opening a fast with a date, but if you’re looking to do something a bit different – perhaps you want a change or are planning on delivering treats to family and friends – here are four quick suggestions for a twist on plain dates. Use one, or mix a couple of the ideas to create your own twist.
For all the following, you will need to take the stones out of your dates first – but only cut from one side so your dates remain in one piece rather than being cut in half.
Go for a chocolate coating
Melt some chocolate (white, dark or milk) and then dip your dates in it. Leave to cool and set before doing anything with them. And while it might be tempting to coat the whole date in chocolate, just doing half will be more visually striking. If you have a really, really sweet tooth, you can also use caramel in place of the chocolate.
Dates are wonderfully soft, but if you want to add a contrasting texture, put a walnut half where the stone would be. Alternatively, you can use whole pistachios or almonds.
Stuff with peanut butter
The sweetness of dates can be offset a little by stuffing them with a nut butter. You can stick with standard peanut butter (crunchy or smooth, whatever you prefer) or, if you want something a bit different or have a peanut allergy, you can use almond, cashew or another nut butter.