A Dessert Pilaf: Millet, Nuts and Steamed Dates

Submitted by: Sandra Morris
This is a mixture of cooked millet, nuts and steamed dates on the side. Would also be good with couscous....for breakfast!

Serves: 6
Difficulty: Medium - some experience needed

Dietary guidance: v 

Tags: dessert · grain ·

Ingredients

24 whole dried dates
3 Cups cooked millet
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 Tbl soft butter, cut into small pieces
1 1/2 Cups finely ground mixed walnuts and whole almonds (about 6 ozs.)
1/3 Cup light brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Heavy cream (optional)

Method

Steam the dates in a vegetable steamer for 5 minutes and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix the hot millet lightly with the almond extract and butter.
In another bowl, combine the nuts, brown sugar and cinnamon and toss with the millet using two forks.
Lightly moung on a platter and ring the platter with the steamed dates.
Serve warm with a pitcher of cream if you wish.

Note: Use an electric blender for the nuts. The consistancy will be slightly pasty; therefore, crumble the nuts between the palms of your hands in order to distribute evenly when adding them to the millet.

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