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Dulcia Domestica (Honeyed Dates)
Little home confections (which are called dulciaria) are
made thus: Little palms or (as they are ordinarily called) dates
are stuffed – after the seeds have been removed – with a nut or with nuts
and ground pepper, sprinkled with salt on the outside and are candied in
honey and served. [Vehling, pp. 172-3]
32 whole dates, pitted
1 tablespoon black pepper, ground (or a mixture of strong spices)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup honey
Roll almonds in spices to coat them. Stuff one spiced
almond into each date. Spread the dates on a greased cookie sheet,
sprinkle with salt, then drizzle with honey. Bake in a 400 degree
F oven for 10-15 minutes. Serve warm, if possible.
Number of Servings
16 servings (2 dates each)
Edwards suggests that Apicius may have used the word “pepper”
to include any strong spice, such as cinnamon or nutmeg, hence the suggested
substitution of those spices for the pepper. I have used a number
of different combinatoins, including (most recently) a poudre fort containing
black pepper, long pepper, cloves, and nutmeg.
Edwards, John. Roman Cookery: Elegant and Easy Recipes from
History’s First Gourmet. Revised edition. Hartley &
Marks, Ltd. Washington, 1986. ISBN 0-88179-011.
Vehling, Joseph Dommers (translator). Apicius: Cookery and
Dining in Imperial Rome. Dover Publications Inc., New York, 1977.
Date Of Redaction
First redaction circa November 1996(?).