Friday, May 16, 2014

Date Newtons! The Best Newtons there is!

Traditionally in Egypt, fig newtons are filled with dates, so this week I decided to modify my fig newtons recipe and use dates instead of figs. The outcome is beyond what I imagined.. they are delicious!!


200 g soft dried dates
2 dl water
2 dl apple juice
1 tbsp dark brown sugar
juice of a medium orange
1/2 orange grated zest
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1 pinch nutmeg
1/2 tsp pure vanilla powder
2 tbsp dates syrup (debs el tamr- can be found in major super markets even here in Stockholm)

1. Chop the dates roughly (the smaller you chop them the quicker they cook).
2. Add all the ingredients, except for the dates syrup to a pot and bring to a boil while stirring.
3. Lower the heat to medium and stir every now and then so the date marmalade would not get stuck to the bottom of the pot. This process should take from 30 to 45 mins. It should be quite thick by now. Almost no liquid at all left.
4. Turn off the heat and either mix the marmalade in your kitchen machine or you can use a hand mixer till you have a smooth marmalade. Don't leave any clumps.


125 g butter cold, cut in small cubes
4 dl unbleached baking flour
1/2 dl dark brown sugar
1/2 orange grated zest
1/2 tsp pure vanilla powder
1 egg white
1 tbsp water

Egg Wash:

1 egg yellow
1 tsp water

1/2 dl pealed sesame seeds to sprinkle on top.

1. Mix all ingredients into a smooth dough, you add the water after you have kneeded everything else to bring the dough together.
2. Cut into two balls then roll out the dough about 5 mm thick.
3. Cut into rectangles about 7 - 10 cm wide and as long as your dough allows.
4. Spread some of your marmalade in the middle of the rectangle.
5. Fold one side then with your finger brush some egg wash on the tip.
6. Fold the other side so that they barely touch.
7. Flip it around and spread some egg wash on top, then sprinkle the sesame seeds.
8. Cut with a knife into bite sized pieces and place on a baking sheet.
9. Bake in an oven 200 Celsius degrees for 15 minutes.

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