I need to make some date paste for some baking I was planning to do. Fruit pastes are a great way to substitute for sugar in recipes and they are so easy to make. They store well in the refrigerator, so you can make a batch and store it for whenever it is needed.
You can make fruit pastes out of just about any dried fruits. Here is the basic recipe using dates. However, you could use dried apricots, mangoes and many other dried fruit.
- 20 Medjool dates
- water, just to cover dates.
In a medium saucepan add dates and water just to cover. Bring water to a boil. remove from heat and let dates soak and plump up, about 20-30 minutes. the dates should be softened and plump.
Transfer dates to a high-speed blender, and some of the water used to plump up the dates. Just enough to cover the dates in the blender.(You probably will not use all the water from the soaking.) Blitz until dates are smooth and creamy.
Refrigerate unused fruit paste in a sealable container.