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Black Date and Walnut Squares

Fruits, Desserts, and Other Sweet Foods

Black Date and Walnut Squares
1 cup Chinese black dates
1/2 cup small walnut pieces
3 Tablespoons white rock sugar
3 Tablespoons maltose syrup
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1. Soak black dates in two cups of boiling water for five minutes, then remove their skins and pits.
2. Put the dates in heat-proof bowl in a 250 degree oven and bake them for half an hour. Next remove them from the oven and cool them on a flat plate.
3. Soak walnuts in boiling water for half an hour, then bake them in the same oven for fifteen minutes.
4. Put dates and three tablespoons of warm water in a small pot, add the rock sugar, maltose, and the dates and simmer stirring until this thickens. Then stir in the walnuts and pour this mixture into a 8x8 inch tray and press evenly. Allow to cool before cutting it into squares. Put them on a lightly greased plate and set them aside for at least an hour before serving.

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