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Judeo-Spanish Dates Stuffed With Marzipan

The following recipe is from Jewish Spain. It is a celebration of the almond, the first tree that blooms in Israel in the springtime.



  • Pitted dried dates 

  • 5 ½ cups toasted, ground almonds 

  • ½ lemon 

  • 3 drops of almond extract 

  • 2 cups of sugar 

  • 1-cup water 


Step 1

Bring to a boil the water, sugar, and juice of ½ lemon in a saucepan. 

Step 2

Allow to boil for about 10 minutes. 

Step 3

Add the almond extract and ground almonds. 

Step 4

Stir well for about 3 minutes. 

Step 5

Lubricate your hands with a little olive oil, so the paste does not stick to your fingers. 

Step 6

Stuff the dates with the almond paste.

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