Renae SmithComment

Pistachio & Date Loaf

Renae SmithComment
Pistachio & Date Loaf

We all know I have a love of dates, so when Ed sent over this recipe for the blog I was super excited to give it a try.  I can confirm it's perfectly matched with French Cheeses - but if you're stuck in Australia, give it a whirl with d'affinois cheese as I think it's incredible (from most supermarkets).

Recipe and image by: Ed Halmagyi, Chef and Brand Ambassador for Mitsubishi Electric Australia.  Follow Ed on Facebook HERE

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PISTACHIO AND DATE LOAF WITH BRIE AND STONEFRUIT SALSA

Preparation time: 20 minutes + 3 days chilling  |  Cooking time: nil   |  Serves: 4

  • 400g Medjool dates
  • ¼ bunch thyme leaves
  • 1 Tbsp strong honey
  • 2 tsp brandy
  • sea salt flakes and freshly-milled black pepper
  • ½ cup pistachio kernels, lightly toasted and chopped
  • 2 peaches, seeded and diced
  • 2 apricots seeded and diced
  • 1 kiwifruit, peeled and diced
  • ¼ bunch marjoram leaves
  • 2 Tbsp pure icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 tsp raspberry vinegar
  • 200g Brie
  1. Remove the date pits, then cut into quarters. Combine in a bowl with the thyme, honey and brandy, then season generously with salt and pepper. Mash gently, then set aside for 5 minutes. Stir in the pistachios.
  2. Spoon the date mixture into a lined 20cm cake tin and press firmly. Place a disc of cardboard on top and weight down to press. Refrigerate for 3 days to set.
  3. Mix the fruit, marjoram, icing sugar and vinegar. Unmould the date loaf and slice thinly. Serve with fruit salsa and Brie