Ranginak, Persian Date Dessert
Ranginak or Persian Date Dessert Recipe is a traditional Persian dessert that usually served with a cup of black tea. This is a really easy dessert recipe using, dates, walnuts, butter, flour and spices.
Yield: Serves 7
- 2 1/2 cups pitted dates (If dates are too dry, soak them in warm water for 30 minutes and drain)
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- ground cinnamon
- ground unsalted pistachios for garnish
Place a few pieces of walnut in each date. Set aside.
Melt butter in a pan over medium heat. Add flour and stir constantly for 15-20 minutes, until golden. Set aside to cool down a bit.
Add the cardamom, powdered sugar and a-tablespoon cinnamon. Stir well.
Spread half of the flour mixture in an 8 inch flat dish.
Place the dates in a single layer on the flour mixture. Press them down.
Spread the remaining flour mixture over the dates and smooth out with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle with a layer of ground pistachios. Sprinkle a tablespoon powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
Refrigerate and allow to cool before cutting into small squares with a sharp knife. Serve with a cup of tea.
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