Toasted Hazelnut and Date Spread

This Toasted Hazelnut and Date Spread recipe is one you’ll want to add to your favorite recipes for entertaining.  It’s positively perfect paired with cheese and charcuterie or spread on crackers or good crusty bread.  It also makes a great hostess gift.

Be sure to check out my tutorial on How To Create a Cheese and Charcuterie Board!

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Any time we’re invited to someone’s house for dinner or something casual like a game night with snacks, I always like to bring along a hostess gift, a little something as a thank you.  Depending on how much time I have it can be something store-bought or homemade.  But more often than not it’s something edible – I am a foodie after all.

Edible goodies geared towards entertaining always make great hostess gifts.  A few of my favorites include my Sweet Pepper & Onion Relish (a Harry & David copycat recipe that’s amazing mixed with cream cheese and spread on crackers), Peach Bacon Jam (it’s downright heavenly), Giardiniera (a perfect addition to any cheese or charcuterie board or tossed in pasta or salads), spiced roasted nuts, and Gourmet Marinated Olives (a classy gift for any occasions) – the latter two are great for snacking and also perfect accompaniments to a cheese/charcuterie board.

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Today’s recipe also makes a terrific hostess gift and is a delicious spread you can pair with your next cheese and charcuterie board or enjoy with some crackers or good crusty bread.   The comforting earthy flavor of toasted hazelnuts is sweetened with dates and rounded off with white wine.  It’s sure to win over your guests and bring a smile to whomever a jar is gifted!

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Toasted Hazelnut and Date Spread Recipe

Let’s get started!

To toast the hazelnuts, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Place a few whole hazelnuts single-layered on a cookie sheet on the middle rack and toast for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned and fragrant.  Place the hazelnuts in a clean kitchen towel and rub them to remove the skins.  Discard the skins and finely chop the hazelnuts once cool enough to handle.  Set aside until ready to use.

Finely chop the dates.

toasting hazelnuts and chopping dates

Place the dates, water, wine and lemon juice in a medium-sized saucepan and bring it to a rapid boil.  Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.

simmering the dates and adding the hazelnuts

Stir in the sugar and the pectin and return to a rapid boil for 1 minute.  Stir in the hazelnuts and remove from heat.

Pour the spread into a sterilized jar with a lid.  Once cool refrigerate and let it sit for at least a day or two before using to allow time for the flavors to meld.  Makes about 1 cup of spread.

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Serve with a cheese, charcuterie, crackers, baguettes, etc.

Enjoy!

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Originally published on The Daring Gourmet December 4, 2014

 

 

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