Want to try a not so typical fudge? Then why not make Iranian date fudge. This is a no bake, no mess, sweet wonder.

3 cups dates, pitted
1 cup walnuts, chopped

1 cup unsalted butter
1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1 cup ground unsalted pistachio nuts or shredded coconut

1. In a 9-inch skillet on medium heat toast walnuts in skillet for five minutes. Set aside to cool. Place a few walnut pieces inside each date. Arrange dates, packed next to each other in flat 9 inch serving dish.

2. In a saute pan, sauté flour in butter over high heat, stirring constantly for about 15 to 20 minutes, toasting until it is golden caramel color. Spread hot dough over dates; pack and smooth it with back of a spoon.

3. Combine cinnamon, sugar, and cardamom and sprinkle evenly over fudge. Sprinkle with ground pistachios or shredded coconut all over. Cool. Cut in small square pieces.

Yields: 12 servings

Adapted from The Middle Eastern Cookbook

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