Date molasses dessert (Tamal halawa)


This is a typical Iraqi date molasses dessert. It is quite sweet so best not to fill the serving cups to the brim. DSCF9611
Melt 1/2 cup butter and add 2 cups flour and stir on low heat while stirring until it turns into a golden color.In another pot mix 1 cup water,1 cup date molasses,1 teasopoon cinnamon,1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom ,in the recipe there is also 1/3 cup sugar but I omitted that as the date molasses is quite sweet and a pinch of salt. eat this mixture until it is starting to boil. Put the flour mixture and the date mixture in a food processor and whiz until its smooth and silky. Spoon in serving small cups or dishes ,a 1 inch thickness. In my serving cups I put crushed walnuts on the bottom then spooned the date halawa over it . Garnished with dried apricot,walnuts and a piece of red cherry.

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