Sun, Bread and Sticky Toffee
by Sarah El-Hamad
SENSUAL AND DELICIOUS DATE DESSERTS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE Sticky. Sweet. Gooey. Eating a date is like biting into a caramel cloud, its sweet and soft flesh tinged with molasses and flavor. Dates are one of the oldest cultivated foods with over 600 varieties grown around the world today. From California’s thirst-quenching date shakes to the quintessentially British sticky toffee pudding and its luscious butterscotch sauce, to wholesome date and sesame flatbreads, spicy ginger and date jam, and the creamiest, honeyed date cheesecake, Sun Bread and Sticky Toffee: Date Desserts from Everywhere is like a dense, shady date grove, packed with delicious, natural and healthy recipes that demonstrate the versatility of baking with dates and date syrup. The date palm’s journey, across time and continents from Mesopotamia and Arabia to Europe and the Mediterranean and recently to North America’s Coachella Valley is also evoked in stunning photographs taken on travels to palm-fringed locales. This is food for the taste buds but also for healthy living: sensual, delicious desserts, illuminating the sun-drenched tale of the date fruit, its story, past and present, and the food that continues to provide vitality and comfort to countless travelers on arduous journeys. REFERENCE ONLY.