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I had the best Date ever!

This past weekend, I have had the best Date I’ve ever had.

(Being it was my first time, I really don’t have anything to compare it too.)

;’D

But, nonetheless, I had to share my experience with these weird looking jumbo raisin look-a-likes.

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I bought them from Trader Joes.

They were stored in my fridge for a few days before I figured out what to do with them.

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After making fresh cranberry jelly, from my bag of cranberries; it occurred to me I could do the same thing with the Dates.

Cranberries:

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Dates:

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The skin of the Dates were thin and slightly hard. Like hardened icing. I pulled the Date in half. The consistency was slightly firm, but was easy to break apart. Some Dates were harder and some softer. The seeds in the middle were very easy to pull out. It seemed like the seeds were surrounded by white threads.

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Repeating this until the package was empty, I then rough chopped the bunch.

When the water was at a simmer and sugar dissolved, I put them in the pot.

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I used the cranberry sauce recipe as my guide:

1 cup water
1 cup sugar ( I used brown sugar)
1 package of cranberries (I used Dates)

I kept it simmering until the liquid was gone and I had a thick jelly-like consistency.

The Date jelly has been in the refrigerator for a couple days. It is cold and firm now. Reminds me of caramel. Wonderful!

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Here are some of the sites I explored to learn more about Dates:

What are Medjool Dates?

Jonisare.com

Snack attack…

Alrighty…

The snack attack took over.

After this treat came out the oven, it was on the plate, then on its way down to the belly, in less than a minute.

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After making the ‘not so perfect’ pizza dough…

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I separated it and made two crusts…

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Fresh cranberry sauce (made from fresh cranberries a few days ago). Looks like tomato sauce.

Little helpers are welcome for assembling this treat.

:’)

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Fresh apple peeled, then grated over it. To look like the cheese part.

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Then raisins on top.

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In the oven it went.

Then on to the plate.

And yummy!

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Carrots in Cake

Carrot cake

This is the recipe I used as a guide.

Here is how hers came out:

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Now here’s how mine came out:

Very pleased with it! Smells great! Love the smooth texture. Moist. A little delicate. Just the right amount of sweetness.

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I made a few changes. One obvious one was no icing.

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These are slices from mini loafs:

1 – plain carrot cake
2 – white chocolate chips
3 – pecans
4 – white chocolate chips and pecans

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I was using carrots for a dinner side dish, and figured, I might as well go ahead and peal the rest of the bag of carrots.

Lets go for a carrot cake!

So, after I peeled the rest (and got the dinner started) I got busy shredding.

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Then got going…

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A few changes:

I use coconut oil.

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I use brown sugar and honey mostly. Only used 1/2 cup white sugar.

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I did sneak in a tsp. pure vanilla extract.

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Then mixed well.

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Folded in shredded carrots.

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Toasted the pecans for a few minutes.

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Sprayed the pan with coconut oil as well.

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Got my FAVORITE white chips ready.

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And here we go!

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Reader participation:

Which veggies do you like making into a dessert?

Sweet tooth Saturday

My sweet tooth and craving Casanova are best buddies. And, especially on the weekends, they love getting together.

Adding some healthy foods, like fresh banana and strawberries, to my dessert makes me feel better about all the sugar I am eating.

:’P

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Started heating up my sweet sauce and added pecans.

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Let the pecans warm for a few minutes in mixture.

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Added the diced fruit. Fruit warms and melts into the sauce and the sauce thickens.

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Added some cinnamon to mixture.

BTW: cinnamon helps the body to process the sugars. I also keep a vitamin bottle of cinnamon capsules on hand for those times I have too much sugar. I will take one capsule, and the ‘sugar rush’ feeling will fade faster.

Google cinnamon benefits when you get a chance.

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So, I had two more pieces of my brownie loaf left. This brownie already had walnuts and marshmallows baked in it.

The marshmallows were the duos addition. Sweet tooth and craving Casanova are very creative when they get together.

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Topping for a warm treat!

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Yummy!

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