Recipe from Al Maha: Although Dates are available the year around, they take on a greater role during Ramadan when Muslims across the world break their Ramadan fast with dates. Research has also proven that eating dates after fasting has great nutritional and health benefits as they are easy to digest and gives an immediate boost to the energy. We have gathered a few date recipes to share with our readers this holy month. The Date Cake recipe from Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa is not only delicious, it is really easy to replicate at home.
On a different note, our second #BringBackBalance #RetreatNRelax event was held at Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa in the private dining room of Al Diwan. The menu for the day was specially curated and presented by Chef Peter Sebby, Executive Sous Chef of Al Maha. There’s an option for a Healthy Menu at the resort which has evolved as a result of guests’ repeated requests and Chef Piotr Kamieniczny, also Executive Sous Chef at the resort, is involved in its creation as well as the various kitchen experiments that happens at Al Maha.
- 250 gms dates, peeled
- ½ cup water
- 1½ tsp baking soda
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 5 eggs
- ½ cup corn oil
- 140 gms flour
For the caramel sauce
- 2 cups sugar
- 500 gms cream
- 50 gms butter
For the tuile
- 50 gms flour
- 50 gms butter
- 1 egg white
- 50 gms dates
- Boil the water and dates, and once the dates become soft, add baking soda and keep aside to cool.
- Whip the brown sugar and eggs to ribbon stage.
- Add corn oil slowly and then add the flour.
- Add the date mix to the batter. Preheat the oven to 180ºC and bake in a pan for 15-20 minutes.
- For the sauce, caramelise the sugar and temper with hot cream. Add the butter.
- For tuile (baked wafer), mix all together and bake at 180ºC until done.
[Image & Recipe reproduced with permission from Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa]