Little home confections (which are called dulciaria) are made thus: Little palms or (as they are ordinarily called) dates are stuffed – after the seeds have been removed – with a nut or with nuts and ground pepper, sprinkled with salt on the outside and are candied in honey and served. [Vehling, pp. 172-3]
- 32 whole dates, pitted
- 32 almonds
- 1 tablespoon black pepper, ground (or a mixture of strong spices)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup honey
- Roll almonds in spices to coat them.
- Stuff one spiced almond into each date.
- Spread the dates on a greased cookie sheet, sprinkle with salt, then drizzle with honey. Bake in a 400 degree F oven for 10-15 minutes.
- Serve warm, if possible.
Number of Servings
16 servings (2 dates each)
- Edwards suggests that Apicius may have used the word “pepper” to include any strong spice, such as cinnamon or nutmeg, hence the suggested substitution of those spices for the pepper.
- I have used a number of different combinatoins, including (most recently) a poudre fort containing black pepper, long pepper, cloves, and nutmeg.