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Espresso Date Log with Greek Yogurt

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  • Servings: 12
  • Time(Other): Plus 4 hr chilling

Sticky, dried dates are supersweet, so Maura Kilpatrick simmers them with espresso to make a thick paste, which she molds and freezes. When she slices the log to serve, she tops it with pistachios and tangy Greek yogurt.

 

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 pound Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup salted roasted pistachios, chopped

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How to make this recipe

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the espresso powder with the brown sugar and 1 cup of hot water and bring to a simmer. Add the dates and simmer until softened, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the dates to a plate to cool. Peel the dates and discard the skins. Coarsely chop the dates, adding 2 tablespoons of their syrup to loosen them slightly. Spoon the date mixture onto a sheet of plastic wrap and roll into a 6-inch log. Roll up the log and twist the ends to seal. Freeze until firm, at least 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Unwrap the log and cut into 12 slices; transfer to plates. Top each slice with a dollop of yogurt, sprinkle with the pistachios and serve.

Make Ahead

The date log can be frozen for up to 2 weeks.

Contributed By Photo © Quentin Bacon Published January 2010

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