Much smaller in size to say a Medjool, their colouring varies from cream to amber, a result of being naturally dried. I also find them a bit firmer and the taste is not all upfront sweetness, there's smoky, spicy notes to the flesh.
The second are these dried cherries
Tasting somewhat like a cherry lolly, they are chewy and sweet but with a slight savoury note at the finish, it's impossible to stop at just one.
While a slice made with your regular dried fruit is delicious but frankly, a little boring, one made with these amazing ingredients turns into something quite special.
Wild Date and Dried Cherry Slice
200 grams plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon cardamon powder
100 grams wild dates, seeded and sliced
100 grams dried cherries
50 grams walnuts, roughly chopped
130 grams softened butter
130 grams soft dark brown sugar
Place the softened butter and sugar into the bowl of a mixer and beat until light and creamy. Add the eggs and beat until amalgamated.
Sift the flour with the baking and cardamom powders then drop in the dates, cherries and walnuts, toss until they are evenly coated.
Place these dry ingredients into the creamed butter and on the lowest speed, beat until just combined.
Spoon the mixture out onto a greased and lined slice pan - smoothing the surface with a palatte knife.
Bake in a preheated 160°C/320°F oven for about 30 - 45 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan - let it sit on a wire rack to cool completely.
When ready to serve, dust generously with icing sugar.
Using dark brown sugar gives the slice a more adult taste, a bit like treacle and a fantastic chewy texture. The perfect companion to your coffee or tea.