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BATHEETH

Batheeth is a date and spice based Emirati dessert that is usually served with Arabic Qahwa or Black Coffee. Serve it in the crumb form or as balls.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Emirati, International
Servings 10 balls

Ingredients
  

  • 250 g dates with seeds removed or ½ cup date paste
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • ¼ tsp ginger powder

For Coating:

  • some roasted sesame seeds
  • coarse nut powder
  • dessicated coconut

Instructions
 

PREPARATION OF THE DATE PASTE:

  • Add deseeded dates and water to a heavy bottom pan.
  • Heat over low heat and press the dates with a spatula.
  • Mix and press till you get a paste.
  • Allow the paste to cool a bit.

PREPARATION OF BATHEETH:

  • Add wheat flour in a heavy bottomed pan. Place it over low heat.
  • Roast the wheat flour, stirring all the time till it becomes golden brown.
  • You will get a nutty aroma and smoke will begin to come out from the pan. That's when you remove the pan from the heat.
  • Add the date paste.
  • Return the pan on to the low heat.
  • Mix and heat the mixture, mixing it till you get a soft mixture and flour has been mixed into the paste. This will take about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add ginger and cardamom powder. Mix well.
  • Add melted butter and mix well.
  • Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Allow the mixture to cool down a bit, just enough that you can roll the balls if you want to.
  • Take about a tablespoon of the mixture and roll it into a ball.
  • Coat it with sesame seeds, coarse nut powder or coconut.
  • Serve with Qahwa or Black Coffee.

Notes

  • weigh the dates without the seeds.
  • Be careful not to burn the flour, keep stirring it until it turns golden brown. 
  • can use almonds, walnuts, cashew nuts or a mixture of nuts.
  • If you want to shape the mixture into balls, make sure you do so while the mixture is still warm.
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