Quick and easy Date Paste
Recently I have made improvements to my personal eating habits. More greens and less processed ingredients. It goes without saying that every now and then I would still like to have a little extra sweetness in my life. While looking at different recipes I picked up that many recipes call for date paste or Agwa.
Instead of heading out and buying a ready-made jar or date paste, make your own. It’s easy! You can use fresh or dried dates. For this recipe I used dried dates as I had them on hand. Either way, you will want to peel the dates if you want a very smooth paste. I find that I like a little bit of texture so I use them as is. You will find many different date to water ratios online. You just want to cover the dates with water. But depending on what container you use, you can easily use too much water. This ratio works for me.
The first time I made date paste I did not check that all the seeds were out. It wasn’t a huge problem, but I had to empty out the blender and smash the paste through my fingers to find the two seeds.
The finished product has a strong flavour that reminds me to molasses or wild honey. Delicious! I hope to experiment baking with the paste soon. In the meantime I will keep this on hand as a real kitchen essential.
Home-made date paste is so easy to make and tastes a real treat.
- 2 1/2 cups Dried, pitted dates
- 1 cup water
Place the dates in a bowl.
Cover the dates with water and leave to soak overnight (at least eight hours)
When ready, place dates and any remaining liquid into your blender. You can use whatever blender you have as long as it is quite strong. If not, blend in smaller batches.
Blend until a smooth paste forms.
Be 100% sure that you have removed all the seeds. Just because the label says 'pitted dates' does not mean you won't find a few strays. Your blender will thank you.
I would love to hear how your date paste came out if you made my recipe!