Persian Sweets


A friend asked me to help her get ready for a giant Persian dinner by making the desserts. I had no idea what I was in for. Not all my attempts are worth sharing. But these sweets are good. Really good. And have mostly natural sweeteners. What you will need:
3/4 cup dried figs
3/4 cup dried dates
3/4 cup walnut pieces
2 TBS orange zest, very fine
2 TBS orange juice from the oranges just zested
1 TBS fresh lemon juice, from a lemon
About a cup of pecan halves
Powdered sugar
Parchment paper

Place the figs, dates, and walnuts in a food processor and process until it stops. Add the orange zest, orange juice, and lemon juice. Process again until well mixed and firm-ish. Powder a piece of parchment paper with powdered sugar and move the mixture to the paper. Roll into a long roll, about 15 inches long. To roll properly, it will be covered in sugar. Cut into 1/2 inch circles. Or ovals. Most of mine cut into ovals. Place oval side up on a clean piece of parchment. Once all cut, powder the tops with more powdered sugar to make look pretty and top each piece with a pecan half. Let sit for at least three hours. This lets them set. Now can move to a plate to serve or place in the fridge for later. Yummers!

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