Saturday, May 09, 2015

Morocco's Hot Weather Arrives ~ Time for Date Milk !

The week ahead in Fez will bring days of 39 oto 41 degrees Celsius - in Marrakesh 41 to 42. So, before the heat arrives, stock the fridge with the number one heat survival drink - iced date milk with orange flower water and ground almonds

There are many recipes for date milk. Here are two of our favourites - The Basic and The Deluxe.

Basic Date Milk

15 whole dates, pitted and roughly chopped
250ml milk (you can use soy milk if you prefer)
Half a cup of ground almonds
1 tablespoon of orange flower water
A pinch of ground cinnamon or ground cardamom

Simply put ingredients into a blender on high power until it's well blended: thick and creamy.

The View from Fez Date Milk Deluxe

15 large pitted Medjool dates, chopped.
1 cup raw almonds,blanched (and brown skin removed).
4 - 5 cups of milk (to taste).
2 tablespoons of orange flower water.
1/2 teaspoon of genuine vanilla essence.
small pinch of salt.
1/2 tsp cinnamon.
1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg.

Blend until frothy and smooth. Leave in refrigerator for a couple of hours or if you are desperate, serve with ice cubes. Note: You can vary the ingredients and proportions to fine tune to your own taste. For an extra hit, add a chopped ripe banana!

For more Moroccan recipes please visit The View from Fez Cookbook


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