Here is a great new recipe by our good friend and lovely lady, Parvaneh Holloway. The perfect finish to a perfect authentic Persian Dinner, her Ranginak, or Persian Date Cake.
½ pound Walnuts, coarsely chopped
1 pound Pitted Dates, coarsely chopped
2 cups Flour
1 and ¼ cup Unsalted Butter
½ cup Confectioners Sugar
1 cup Pistachio Nuts finely chopped
2 teaspoons, Ground Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Ground Cardamom
In a skillet, grill the walnuts over a low heat tor 5 minutes. Add the dates to the walnuts and mix well.
In a large deep skillet, melt butter and sauté flour over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is caramel color.
Add confectioners sugar and half the spices. Mix thoroughly over medium heat for 3 minutes, and then remove from heat.
Arrange the walnuts and dates in a cookie tray; sprinkle the rest of the spices evenly over the top. Spread dough evenly all over. Pack and smooth well with a spatula. Decorate with the crushed pistachio nuts.
After Ranginak is fully chilled, cut into small pieces and enjoy them with aromatic Persian tea.