These Pecan Date Syrup Bars are on of the best recipes using date syrup you'll ever find. They're influenced by a classic Pecan Pie recipe, but Nermine brought both Parisian and Egyptian influences to this elevated recipe. Her genius move was the addition of date syrup. Date molasses is fruitier and not quite as sweet as dark corn syrup, the staple of Southern Pecan Pie.
Another thing I love about Nermine's recipe is her thick crumbly shortbread crust. Nermine's proportion of pastry to filling is about 1:1 and the pastry is delicately spiced with cloves and cinnamon.
Finally, each bar contains one toasted, nutty, rich pecan. Perfection!!
Questions About Pecan Date Bar Recipe
How are these Pecan Date Bars different from Pecan Pie?
The fundamental difference between Pecan Pie and these Pecan Date bars is the use of date syrup instead of corn syrup or molasses.
How do you make date syrup?
If you'd prefer to make your own, it's not difficult. The process is detailed in this recipe from www.indianhealthyrecipes.com. Simply put, you'll boil dates until they're soft, mash and strain them, then boil the liquid until it thickens into syrup.
Also, you can buy it from lots of places - that's what I did.
What are good substitutes for date syrup?
You can also use pomegranate molasses for a similar outcome.
Alternatively, you could also use honey or maple syrup, but you would lose the floral notes and the outcome would be sweeter.
Are date syrup and date molasses the same?
Yep, sure are!!
Is date syrup healthy?
Date syrup is full of the vitamins and minerals naturally occurring in dates - iron, potassium magnesium, zinc, and phosphorous.
On the other hand, date syrup is also high in fructose, so if sugars are something you seek to avoid, know that those are still in this.
About Nermine, Developer of this Date Syrup Recipe
At the age of 22, Nermine, who was born, raised, and educated in both Alexandria and Cairo, achieved the rare honor of being appointed a female Egyptian diplomat. 10 years into her service, she fell in love with an American diplomat. When she chose to marry him, she gave up her post, but not her position in the diplomatic corp. Rather, Nermine now travels the world with her husband and two daughters perfecting and practicing the art of forging bonds, in large part through “culinary diplomacy”.
ALSO! In a bonus episode, Nermine shares how she leveraged her Arabic, knowledge of Middle Eastern culture, diplomatic skills, and empathy as a woman to embark on an incredible project of empowerment for Syrian refuge women. This project brought Nermine a profound appreciation for the power of food stories and reconnected her personally to her Egyptian roots. Listen here: Leveraging the Power of Food Stories to Start a New Life
What this Pecan Date Bar recipe means to Nermine
She’s sharing with us her recipe for Pecan Date Molasses bars, which she created “to declare a state of harmony and self-reconciliation that [she] reached as an immigrant and citizen of the world.”