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Walnut Maltose Cakes

Fruits, Desserts, and Other Sweet Foods

Walnut Maltose Cakes
1/2 cup shelled walnuts
1 and 1/2 cups Chinese black dates, pitted
1/4 cup maltose
1/4 cup brown rock sugar
2 teaspoons powdered sugar
1. Soak walnuts in two cups of boiling water for fifteen minutes, then bake them in 300 F oven for twenty minutes. Toss in a paper bag to remove any loose peel.
2. Soak dates in three cups boiling water for five minutes, drain and remove their skins, then bake in 300 F oven for fifteen minutes.
3. In a two-quart pot, dissolve rock sugar in three tablespoons cold water, then add the maltose. When the sugar is dissolved add the dates and simmer on low heat for ten minutes, then add the walnuts and continue simmering until it thickens, about five minutes.
4. In an eight- or nine-inch square baking pan, press the walnut-date mixture firmly, then allow to cool before cutting into one-inch squares. Using a strainer, dust the squares with powdered sugar and serve.

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