Dates are an important part of Saudi culture and you can find them about every which way around the country from stuffed, covered to syrups. Date syrup is also known as debs and used over sweets usually in place of sugar syrup. Muslims have already known for centuries that dates have immense health benefits and the rest of the world is slowly catching on. Dates are great for your heart, nursing mothers and diabetes just to name a few.
I have saw a lot of recipes on the net that have wrongly labeled date paste as syrup. The syrup actually looks like molasses while the paste looks like my above picture. You make both of them using the same things and practically the same methods so you can choose if you want the paste or syrup at the beginning of the process. I went with the paste since I tend to feel like you can use it more. Also, do not feel like you have to use one type of dates they should all work well. I used my usual sukary dates that I keep on hand.
You can use this or the syrup in place of sugar in your tea or coffee also in baking or cooking. You will get a natural sweetener that is also great for you. You can add your favorite spices in it such as cardamom or vanilla pods to flavor it as well. I plan on posting a few recipes to show you how you can use this paste later.
1 cup pitted and chopped dates
1 cup boiling water
1. In a bowl add chopped dates and pour water on top. Cover with a towel and allow to sit and soak for 3-4 hours.
2. Add entire mixture to a blender or food processor and and blend until smooth. Pour in a jar, cover and place in the refrigerator.