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Bard Valley Medjool Date Growers

Medjool Date And Walnut Stuffed Puff Pastry

Recipe 1__Medjool Date and Walnut Stuffed Puff Pastry (2)

 400 g package frozen puff pastry, thawed*
½ cup (125 mL)Natural Delights Medjool Dates, pitted (about 5-6 dates)
½ cup (125 mL) walnuts
½ cup (125 mL) flaked coconut
¼ cup (50 mL) all-purpose flour
½ tsp (2 mL) ground cinnamon
½ cup (125 mL) sugar
¼ cup (50 mL) butter, softened
1 egg, beaten with 1 tbsp (15 mL) of

Preheat oven to 400F (200C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place Medjool Dates, walnuts, coconut, flour and cinnamon in a food processor fitted with a metal blade, and pulse until combined. In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter together until well blended. Gradually mix in the date-walnut mixture.

Unroll one sheet of puff pastry and place on a lightly-floured counter. Using a lightly-floured rolling pin, roll out puff pastry to a horizontal rectangle measuring 16 x 12 inches (40 x 30 cm). Pastry will be very thin. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, make three vertical cuts and two horizontal cuts to divide the rectangle into twelve 4-inch (10 cm) squares.

Place 1 tbsp (15 mL) of filling in center of each square and dampen edges with water. Gather the four corners and bring them up to the centre, pinching the dough together firmly to secure it at the top, forming square pouches.  Leave the seams along the edges open to allow some of the filling to show. Brush the top and sides of each pouch with beaten egg.

Unroll second sheet of puff pastry and repeat.  Transfer to baking tray and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly on rack. Great warm or at room temperature.

Makes 24 pastry pouches.

*Tip: Thaw puff pastry at room temperature for 30 minutes, or overnight in fridge.

Photo and recipe courtesy of Natural Delights Medjool Dates

Per pouch: 198 calories, 13g fat, 66mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate, 1 g fibre, 2g protein