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Weekly Recipe:  Tahini-Date Salted Caramels at the bottom of this email  

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Tahini-Date Salted Caramels
 Tahini-Date Salted Caramels

YIELD Makes about 18 candies

1 cup pitted dates (see Recipe Notes)
1/2 cup tahini
2 tablespoons coconut oil (room temperature)
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)
1/8 teaspoon fleur de sel or other finishing salt

Combine the dates, tahini, coconut oil, and cardamom in a blender or food processor. You should have a very smooth, creamy, and thick paste.Transfer the mixture to a parchment-lined loaf pan (or another equivalent container) and use a spatula to press it down evenly. Sprinkle with salt.Freeze until firm. Remove from the pan and cut into bite-size pieces.Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to a month.

Dates: For a superbly soft and chewy texture and caramel-like flavor, I recommend Barhi dates; however, you can also use Medjool dates and other soft, moist varieties.

Find it onlinehttps://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-salted-tahini-date-caramels-recipes-from-the-kitchn-195828