Agwa – Middle Eastern Date Spread

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My friend Emmanuel shared with me this simple recipe from Egypt called Agwa, a type of date spread. His mom used to make it for him for breakfast or lunch, served on pita bread. It’s also used as a filling for cookies. Here’s how you make it…

Recipe for Agwa
(Date Spread/Paste)

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

Dates – 1 pound (454 g.)
Butter 3 – 4 T. (56 g.)
(Use only 3 T. Butter if it’s for a cookie filling)

Optional:

Cinnamon (to taste, about 1 t.)
Sesame Seeds (1 – 2 T.)

1. Boil enough water to cover the dates. Place the dates in a heat-safe bowl and cover with boiling water. Let sit for about 15 minutes. This makes it easier to remove the skin.

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2. Peel the skin off the dates and remove the pits.

3. Place butter in a frying pan over medium to low heat and let it melt enough to coat the pan. Then add the dates.

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4. Cook the mixture and stir using a wooded spoon, pressing down on the dates. The goal it to get a smooth mixture. I used a wooden spatula with a squared off edge. It helps to break down the dates. I also started with 3 T. butter but added another tablespoon to help soften the dates.

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5. Once it’s all a paste you can place it in a jar or glass container. I made some with cinnamon, some without. The darker paste in the photo below has cinnamon.

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Serve on slices of pita.

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Bon appétit!

Notes: According to Amira’s Pantry, you can keep Agwa in the refrigerator for up to 4 -6 months and in the freezer for a year. She used Deglet Noor dates, I used Medjool dates from Trader Joe’s. Her mom also made her Eggs with Agwa when she was a kid. It sounds delish!

Many thanks to Emmanuel Aghazarm for sharing this recipe with us!

Mama Lisa

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