Ramadan, which began this year on May 25, is a time of spiritual renewal celebrated by more than one billion Muslims worldwide. It is a month-long fasting period where people participate in pious activities, such as prayer, followed by Eid al-Fitr, the celebration of the breaking of the fast.
Food is an important part of Eid al-Fitr, and the celebrations typically include huge feasts. These festivities are not just a chance to eat, but an opportunity for people to connect through good food and sweet treats.
This week, to help celebrate, we’ve created our own Eid al-Fitr themed recipe - caramel stuffed dates!
Caramel Stuffed Dates
Candied citrus peels (see below for recipe)
Chocolate for coating
Crushed nuts, shredded coconut, cocoa nibs for topping
Whole blanched almonds or roasted hazelnuts for stuffing
Place the unwrapped caramels in a medium sized heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add approximately 1/2 cup of water.
Over medium-low heat, slowly melt the caramels in the water to make a smooth sauce. Once the caramels have melted, continue to cook until the caramel has thickened (approximately 10-15 minutes).
Carefully remove the pits from your dates - you want them to remain as whole as possible so the caramel doesn't spill out!
Once the caramel has cooled, pour it into a piping bag, and pipe the caramel into your dates. If you don't have a piping bag, a zip-seal bag with the corner cut off works wonderfully! Remember: if you are including whole nuts or candied citrus peels, stuff the dates with these first before you add the caramel, otherwise things might get messy!
Once all your dates have been stuffed with caramel, melt your chocolate in a double-boiler.
Once chocolate is melted, dip (or fully enrobe - it is chocolate after all) the caramel-stuffed dates in chocolate and garnish with your favourite crushed nuts, coconut, or cocoa nibs. Crushed pistachios and food-grade dried rose petals look particularly stunning on the chocolate!
Candied Citrus Peels
Carefully peel your citrus fruits, and cut the peels into 1 cm wide strips.
Place the cut peels in a medium sized pot and cover with water (make sure your pot is large enough so the water won't boil over).
Place the pot on the stove over medium heat, and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, turn down the heat and let the peels simmer for 10 minutes.
Strain the water from the peels. Again, cover the peels with water and repeat step #3. Repeat again.
After the peels have been boiled three times, cover again with water and add your unwrapped hard candy.
Over medium heat, stir until the candy has melted, then let the mixture cook down until it is a thick syrup (10-15 minutes).
Remove the peels from the pot and place them on a wire rack to dry. Let them dry overnight. Enjoy!
Here at Kerr’s, we are pleased to announce that after working closely with the Halal Monitoring Authority (HMA) we have received halal certification for the majority of our products. Check out our halal page for more on our line of candies suitable for the halal conscious consumer!