Here is a date recipe for the post-Passover / post-Pesach Moroccan-Jewish festival of Mimouna (also spelled: Mimuna, Mimounah, Mimunah, Maimouna, and Maimounah). Many variations of date recipes exist, but the following date recipe is a traditional date recipe for Mimouna that includes marzipan (a paste of ground almonds, sugar, and egg whites that is used to fill and decorate pastries), which is stuffed into the dates to create a confection. Stuffed dates are a symbol of sweetness to Jews whose ancestors come from Morocco, as in the sweetness of physical freedom from slavery that the Hebrews experienced following the Exodus from Egypt.

Stuffed Dates Recipe

375 grams (or about 1 2/3 cups) dates, pitted
1 cup each peeled, ground almonds and sugar
About 1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 egg white

Instructions for the Stuffed Dates recipe:

  1. Mix the ground almonds, sugar and egg white together.
  2. Put this mixture in a skillet, and cook over a low flame, stirring constantly, until the mixture becomes sticky.
  3. Add one teaspoon of water and cook for a minute longer.
  4. Remove from the flame and let cool for several minutes.
  5. With this mixture, stuff the dates and roll in confectioners' sugar.
  6. Serve while the filling is hot or at room temperature.

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