This compote of whole, jammy-sweet dates, each pitted and stuffed with an almond, is one of our favorite Lebanese desserts. Mymouné uses fresh Zaghloul dates, a long, red-skinned varietal that doesn't lose its texture when preserved, compared to other dates that become mushy. The addition of the almonds, softened by the cooking process, provides just enough crunch and a nutty balance to the dates' warm sweetness, which is complemented by the spicy aroma of a clove-infused syrup. This compote needs very little embellishment and can be eaten straight out of the jar, though we also like to serve it with chopped walnuts and coconut flakes sprinkled on top. Its rich flavor also makes a great addition to charcuterie boards as a sweet counterpoint for salty cured meats and pungent cheeses. Or try chopping the dates up as a topping for oatmeal or rice pudding.
Straight out of the town of Ain el Kabou, Lebanon, at the foot of Mount Sannine, family-run company Mymouné has been producing its award-winning artisanal fruit preserves and specialties for 30 years. Started by two sisters during the Lebanese Civil War as an effort to support their home village, the company makes all of its products completely by hand using traditional methods, from cooking fresh local fruit in small batches to hand-filling jars of preserves. You'll never get any artificial colors or preservatives from Mymouné—just the pure, vibrant flavors of the Middle East.
Net Weight: 350 grams
Ingredients: Dates, sugar, almonds, cloves, and fresh lemon juice
Place of Origin: Lebanon