Maple Nut-Filled Dates with Crescenza

Maple Nut-Filled Dates with Crescenza
Recipe courtesy of Sunset Magazine and photo courtesy of Christina Schmidhofer.
PREP AND COOK TIME: About 15 minutes

Yield: Makes 20 date halves; 8 to 10 servings



1. Cut dates in half lengthwise and remove pits. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon cheese into the cavity of each date half. Arrange dates on a serving plate.

2. Melt butter in a 1- to 2-quart pan over low heat, then increase heat to medium and cook until butter is foamy and starting to brown. Add nuts and stir constantly for 1 minute. Add syrup and reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

3. Lift nuts from the syrup with a slotted spoon and press a few pieces into the soft cheese in each date. Drizzle syrup over the dates and serve warm.