Brownie on a Date

This cool brownie is on a sweet date. It’s so totally cool; it has spurned the heat of being baked but had a hot desire to be refrigerated instead. The date is delightfully sweet, as is proper for medjool dates, otherwise known as Judean dates. A date palm was a symbol of the ancient Kingdom of Judea, as well as a symbol of beauty, elegance, and grace, and as such, it is mentioned in The Song of Songs. The name Tamar means date palm, tall, graceful, and sweet, as King David’s beautiful daughter Tamar. kawaii_cartoon_of_vanilla_ice_cream_and_brownie_card-rc260017e81cf473bbce52fc1b3222d1e_xvuak_8byvr_324

I think my little cool brownie got very lucky with a date like that! Even better, chocolate served as the love potion, to bind them into one. As My Own Rule of Desserts #1 states, It’s not dessert, if it’s not chocolate.

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I got the idea from an amazing blog called Chocolate Covered Katie and sent my little brownie on a date by tweaking her recipe and crafting my own path. Naturally, the main ingredients are chocolate, i.e. unsweetened cocoa powder, and dates. My brownie is a little nuts, just as I am, so walnuts are practically indispensable. To dress up for this adventure, vanilla extract, cinnamon, soy milk, and a dash of salt come to the rescue.

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Eager to start, all my ingredients jumped into a food processor in no particular order. All I had to do was to press the button. It took no more than a minute to mist the pan, when they were ready for next steps: spreading, flattening, pressing down, and making the top even.

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You can’t blame my little brownie for a tiny drink on a date, right? A sprinkle of good Cuban rum never hurt anybody. Relax, little brownie, more good things are coming!

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A bit of oil, to make everything go smooth, some Blue Agave, to sweeten things up even more, a touch of vanilla, and of course, more cocoa powder. Not for nothing, My Own Rule of Dessert #2 is: The more chocolate, the better!

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Chill out, little brownie, you just got smothered in chocolate glaze. Now you have to wait for at least a couple of hours. Into refrigerator you go!

 

Little brownie is in love! He is calling his date “my little cupcake.”

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Who am I to disillusion others? Let’s round off one corner and top it off with a monster-size raspberry.

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There! A perfectly cool, very chocolaty and sweet, Brownie on a Date. I can go have a cup of tea. What’s a blueberry doing there? That’s raspberry’s friend, just playing an independent observer.

INGREDIENTS

Brownie base:

  • 10 oz (2 1/2 cups) pitted dates (preferably medjool)
  • 1 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup soy or coconut milk (rice milk is too thin, and almond milk goes better with almonds instead of walnuts)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 tablespoon rum or brandy

Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup agave
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Raspberries to garnish

PROCEDURE

  • Place all brownie dough ingredients in food processor, pulse until well blended.
  • Lightly mist square pan with oil.
  • Transfer dough mixture to pan, spread evenly, press down, flatten, even the top.
  • Sprinkle rum or brandy evenly over dough.
  • Prepare glaze by mixing all glaze ingredients thoroughly until smooth.
  • Generously cover dough with glaze, cover, refrigerate for at least two hours.
  • Garnish with raspberries before serving.

Enjoy!

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19 Comments Add yours

  1. Dates and cocoa go so well together. Looks very tasty!

    By the way, Tamar is also the name of the fruit, not just the tree.

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    1. Thank you, and thank you for correcting me. I knew that, but wanted to make a stronger reference to the symbol of Judea which was the tree, and I obviously failed to express myself clearly. My bad!

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      1. You definitely managed to make the point. I guess it’s the editor/translator in me that couldn’t resist! 🙂

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      2. I know how it feels – the English teacher in me sometimes wants to scream, too! But then the Educational Psychologist in me takes over and makes the English teacher shut up. Don’t hesitate to correct me in the future, please. I appreciate it, and I don’t get offended!

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  2. Sumith Babu says:

    “Brownie on a date” should be yummy. Will defenetly do a try this recipe.

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    1. Thank you, Sumith! Coming from a professional chef like yourself, it is a true compliment.

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      1. Sumith Babu says:

        What I used to enjoy in your blogs is your storied and history behind each food, and of course your amazing recipes. Thanks for the share Dolly.

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  3. I love your stories! Possibly even more than the recipes (?) – which says a lot, because I actually love the recipes…(might not make a lot of sense, but well, the stream of consciousness and all that…) x

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    1. Thank you, Alex! I sometimes wonder what would happen if the world operated entirely on streams of consciousness. On the other hand, is there enough consciousness in the world to operate on? And where does dialectical materialism come into it? That’s an idea for a sci-fi writer, I think.

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  4. Sumith Babu says:

    Hi Dolly will post on the award. Bit really struggling to squeeze every thing in.

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  5. Don’t worry – be happy! Take your time and create more food art!

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  6. Very interesting recipe 🙂

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  7. I can’t wait to try this one, Dolly. FYI, couldn’t watch your video, YouTube has terminated the original poster’s account due to copyright violation complaints. Lawyers!! 😦
    xx,
    mgh

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    1. Thank you for letting me know. I just removed the video together with the paragraph leading to it. I am thinking that I could probably adjust the recipe to make it for Passover. We’ll see…

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      1. You are most welcome. I’ve run across a few missing graphics on my site – not sure what that’s about, but no doubt a WordPress action. Sheesh!
        xx,
        mgh

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      2. I usually don’t have time to revisit old posts, so I tend to miss those glitches, unless someone kindly tells me. That was a cute cartoon, though – a pity! The brownies are truly out of this world – when I first made them for a Saturday night gathering that included a few vegan raw foodies, they were inhaled by everyone. These gatherings are usually buffet style and pretty free-flowing, so a few of us were jamming with guitars and me on the piano, and begging other people to leave some for us musicians! With my husband walking around serving his signature rum-based drinks, it was a fun night (said the Rabbi afterwards…)

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      3. I just accidentally erased your comment on my other post – I am sorry! I was saying that I am from Odessa, it comes with the territory, we are all like that. As to my husband, he is also from Odessa, and his mother, may she rest in peace, was a terrific cook, as most Odessa girls are. But yes, he had to go buy some new pants today, a couple of sizes bigger, and he blamed it on me!

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