Pastilla of spiced dates with orange espuma Recipe

A crispy parcel of spiced dates served with an orange espuma.

  • Preparation
    10mins
  • Cooking time
    20mins
  • Rest time
    0mn
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(12 votes) 4.6/5
Ingredients
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  • For the filling
  • Dried date(s) : 500 g
  • Clove(s) : 2 whole
  • Orange juice : 120 ml
  • Unsalted butter : 50 g
  • Orange(s) : 1 whole
  • Brick pastry sheet(s) : 6 whole
  • For the syphon
  • Orange(s) : 4 whole
  • Lemon(s) : 1 whole
  • Caster sugar : 180 g
  • Green cardamon pods : 15 whole
  • Gelatine leave(s) 2g : 3 whole
Method
  • 1. FOR THE FILLING

    Toast and crush the cloves. Zest 1 orange.
    Chop the dates into small pieces and place in a small saucepan. Add the clove, orange juice and 50g butter. Cook over a low heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat, stir in the orange zest then set aside to cool.

  • 2. FOR THE ESPUMA

    Soak the gelatine leaves in cold water. Juice the 4 oranges and 2 lemons. Crack the cardamom pods.
    Place the orange juice, lemon juice, sugar and cardamom pods in a saucepan. Heat gently to dissolve the sugar, then boil for 5 minutes. Allow to cool and add the gelatine. Pass through a fine sieve and pour the mixture into a siphon and charge it with 2 gas cartridges. Place in the fridge to cool for at least 1 hour.

  • 3. TO MAKE THE PASTILLA

    Cut the brick pastry into 5cm wide strips. Place one spoonful of the date mixture at the top and fold in triangles to enclose the filling. Gently fry in a little sunflower oil until crisp.

    Dust the pastillas with icing sugar and finish with the orange espuma.

Chef's tip

«This pastilla can also be made with filo pastry. If using filo, either pan fry very gently or brush the pastillas with butter and bake for 10 mnutes in a 180'C oven.»