Eat Globally: Majoun

This breakfast treat, snack or dessert showcases Mediterranean figs, dates, nuts, honey and spices.

| May/June 2008

Serves 4

This breakfast treat, snack or dessert showcases Mediterranean figs, dates, nuts, honey and spices. Try it with an anise-flavored liqueur such as ouzo or a demitasse of espresso.

1 cup chopped dried dates
1 cup chopped dried figs
1/2 cup walnuts, ground fine (use a food processor or blender)
1 cup water
1/2 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch of ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon culinary rosewater (optional)
1/4 cup pistachio nuts (shelled)

1. Combine all ingredients in a heavy, medium-size saucepan. Cook over very low heat, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Add more water if needed and cook, stirring frequently, for 15 minutes more or until thick.

2. Spoon into dishes and serve.

You can store majoun in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. (It may be served warm or cold.)

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