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Quarantine Kitchen:Yvonne Maffei’s Dates With Cream and Chopped Pistachios

03/01/2021 11:19:35 AM


Jenni Dressler

Adapted from the New York Times.

Dates, almonds, and dairy are ancient staples of the Middle East. This recipe combines them into a luxurious dessert, with very little effort from the cook. This dessert makes an elegant addition to a buffet and also works well as a finger food passed on a tray.


  • 12 large medjool dates, cleaned and pitted
  • 24 whole almonds (preferably blanched)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons crème fraîche*
  • Freshly grated zest of 1 lemon or 1/2 orange (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1-2 tablespoons coarsely chopped pistachios


Stuff each date with 1-2 whole almonds and lightly pinch closed. (The recipe can be made up to this point up to 2 days in advance. Store in an airtight container.)

When ready to serve, arrange dates cut sides up on a plate or platter. Drizzle on the crème fraîche, making a dollop on each date. Sprinkle on the citrus zest, then the chopped pistachios. Serve immediately.

* To make this recipe pareve, you can substitute the following for the crème fraiche: Full-fat coconut cream can be used as a substitute for crème fraîche, but it will add a different flavor. Alternatively, soy sour creams can also be used. A blend of vegan cream cheese with a small amount of soy milk, or another sort of vegan milk, and lemon juice will also make a crème fraîche substitute that is similar in taste to the original

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