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A traditional food of Algeria. Dates are added to a favorite French whipped cream
concoction "the charlotte" to make this elegant dessert!


1 c. dates
juice of 1 orange
1 1/2 c. water
3 Tbsp. honey
1 Tbsp. gelatin
2 c. heavy cream
1/2 c. chopped almonds
2 Tbsp. sliced almonds
2 chopped dates
grated peel of 1/2 orange

Remove the pits from the dates. Cut them into quarters
and set aside. Squeeze the orange juice into a saucepan. Add
the water and honey. Sprinkle the gelatin onto the mixture.
When it dissolves, stir briefly and add the quartered dates.
Bring to boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered for 30
minutes. Cool. Strain the mixture and reserve the liquid.
Whip the cream until it stand in peaks. Add the almonds
to the date liquid and gently fold into the cream. Spoon into
a two-quart serving dish. Decorate the charlotte with the
sliced almonds, chopped dates and grated orange peel. Chill in
the refrigerator for 2 or more hours before serving. Serves 8
to 10.

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