The local baking supply store always has dates for sale. They are already pitted but they are often on the small side… good enough for baking and not bad for snacking. But for a real treat, Medjool dates are the best.
Last weekend, hubby went to the nearby membership-only grocery store (without me!!!!) and found some organic (!) Medjool dates, at a very reasonable price!!!! So of course he bought some!
He is perfectly happy to enjoy the dates as is but I had to interfere and try something else!
I’d seen stuffed dates before and usually the ones I’ve seen are stuffed with cheese and/or nuts. I decided to stick with the cheese but use some of the fruit that I had macerating in the fridge (the ones for my fruitcake projects!).
The cast of characters –
It is very easy to make, except maybe for the pitting part… then again I had to slice the dates halfway anyway so…
1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup finely minced mixed dried fruit (macerated in brandy for at least 12 hours)
about 12 to 16 pieces of Medjool dates, pitted and sliced but not all the way through
Stir the cream cheese and macerated fruit together. Place the filling inside a pastry bag with a large open star tip. Pipe the filling in the dates. Then enjoy!!!