Wednesday, December 2, 2009


By: Lorena Uriarte

These sweet, cigar shaped pastries are perfect with coffee or as a dessert.

Serves: 8 (as a dessert)
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Equipment: chopping board, knife, food processor, pastry brush, paper lined baking tray.
Oven 180C to toast walnuts and bake pastries

1 cup Medjool (fresh) dates, pitted
1 cup walnuts, toasted in the oven
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon orange peel, finely grated
½ teaspoon ground cardamom seeds

8 sheets filo pastry
50 g unsalted butter, melted

To serve:
2 cups thick Greek yoghurt

1. Combine dates, walnuts, orange peel, cardamom and 1 tablespoon of honey in food processor
2. Blend until a rough paste forms
3. Divide the mixture into 8 and form into even cigar shapes, set aside
4. Cut the stack of filo pastry in 2 lengthwise (making two long rectangle stacks)
5. Cover filo stack with a tea towel to stop it drying out
6. Take one piece of filo, brush with melted butter and top with a second sheet. Brush with butter.
7. Place a cigar shaped log of filling 2 cm away from the edge and roll into a log
8. Place on tray and brush with butter
9. Repeat till you have completed 8 logs
10. Bake until golden (about 20-25 minutes)
11. Cool on baking sheet before serving

To serve:
Serve each log with a dollop of yoghurt drizzled with honey for dipping.

Roll prepared pastry around bananas cut in half with crushed macadamias, sugar and cardamom

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