Friday, September 24, 2010

Orange Date Pinwheels

The date has been a staple in the Middle-East for thousands of years. The Ancient Egyptians used the date to make wine. It was regarded as a symbol of fertility. They can be eaten as they are or stuffed with nuts or candied fruit. Dates can be used in all types of baking, ice cream, made into wine, and vineagar. The sweet and creamy-like texture of this delectable fruit is one of my favorites. Today in preparation for the visit of a special friend I am making Orange Date Pinwheel. Lets get started!
10oz of pitted dates chopped
2/3 cup orange juice
3 tbs light brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Combine dates, orange juice, brown sugar and cinnamon in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Simmer, stirring often for 5-6 minutes until the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat, cover and let cool. Place in food chopper or food processor and pulse until smooth. Cover and set aside.
Dough 3 1/3 cups flour 3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
2/3 cups sugar
2/3 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp orange zest
Stir together dry ingredients. Place butter in a the mixer bowl and beat until light. Add sugars, eggs, and vanilla, zest, and beat until smooth. Beat until fluffy and well blended. Gradually add the dry ingredients mixing just until incorporated. Wrap dough in plastic and place in refrigerator to chill at least1 1/2 hours or overnight.
To form the pinwheels, roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface into a 12" x 18" rectangle. Spread filling evenly over the surface. Working from the longer end roll up jelly roll style to form a 24" log. Wrap in plastic and chill at least 2 hours. Yes, chill it's worth the extra time. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment. Using a shap knife slice 1/4" slices from the log. Bake 13-15 minutes until the edges are golden. Remove from oven and cool completely. Keep them in an airtight container no longer than a week or freeze for longer storage. You can substitute drien plums for the dates, they are just as delicious. I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!


Vicki said...

These look and sound delicious with the orange.

HanaĆ¢ said...

These look wonderful!! I love dates and as soon as I saw the title of your post on the HCB blog, I knew I had to check it out. Will have to make these soon! Very soon! Yum! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Do you have any more favorite date dessert recipes?

Desserts Divine said...

Working on a post just for you Hanaa with dates of course.
Thanks for visiting my little blog!