Recipes from Shields Date Garden

How to Use Conversions

When substituting Date Crystals for chopped dates in your own recipes, you should add 1/3 cup of liquid to 1 cup of Dates Crystals to equal 1 cup of chopped dates. Shields Date "Sugar" is the same as Date Crystals® only ground finer. Most recipes can interchangeably use either "Sugar" or Crystals®. Many people substitute an equal amount of Date "Sugar" for the white sugar called for in recipes with good results. However, you may need to add 1/3 cup liquid.

Date Crystals® Milk Shake

Make Date Paste Mix
Mix well by hand & freeze overnight:
1/4 cup of Date Crystals® or Date "Sugar"
1/4 cup of warm water
Blend with drink blender or beat well:
Frozen Date Paste Mix
1/2 cup of vanilla ice milk
1 cup very cold milk
Hint: Mix date paste in large quantities and keep in freezer to make a date shake anytime. Use 1/4 cup of date paste per shake.

A Simple Dessert

1 cup Shields Date Crystals®
1/2 cup milk
Mix in bowl and set in refrigerator for 2 hours or longer. Serve with cream, plain or whipped. Nuts and marshmallows may be added if desired. Serves 4.

Shields Date "Sugar" Butter

Mix enough milk with Shields Date "Sugar" to make it the consistency of apple butter (or soft butter) and allow to stand overnight in the refrigerator. Fruit juices may be used instead of milk for variety in flavoring (many prefer orange or grapefruit juice, sherry wine, or water). This can then be used straight as a sandwich spread or in combination with cream or cottage cheese, peanut butter, seedless raisins, nuts, etc. It can also be used as a cookie filler or as a topping for ice cream.

Broiled Grapefruit

Cut grapefruit in half, remove core and separate segments with sharp knife. Sprinkle each half with 2 Tbsp. of Shields Date Crystals® and Date "Sugar". Place in broiler five inches below a low flame, broil about 10 minutes or until browned or bake 10 minutes in oven 375° F or microwave on high for 2 minutes. Watch closely. Serve warm or chilled. Delicious as an appetizer, a dessert or for breakfast.
Mix and set aside covered:
1-1/3 cups Shields Date "Sugar"
1/3 cup water
Mix in saucepan:
1 envelope plain gelatin
1 cup sugar
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup water
Bring to a boil, then simmer 20 min. Remove from heat and add Date "Sugar" mixture and 1 tsp. grated lemon rind, and 2 tsps. lemon juice. Return to boil and boil for 5 min. Remove from heat and add 3/4 cup broken nut meats. Turn into 8 x 4 in. pan that has been greased. Chill until firm, cut into squares and roll in confectioners sugar.

Shields Date "Sugar" Cookies

Mix and let stand covered in refrigerator overnight:
1 cup Date "Sugar"
1/2 cup water
Add to the above:
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup margarine
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups quick oatmeal
Drop by rounded teaspoon on greased cookie sheet. Bake 350° F about 20 min. or until brown. Makes about 60 cookies.

Date Crystals® Brownies

2 eggs
1/3 cup melted shortening
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
2 squares unsweetened chocolate melted
1/2 cup Shields Date Crystals®
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup nut meats
1/2 tsp. baking powder
Pour water over the Date Crystals®. Combine eggs, sugar and melted shortening and mix well. Add melted chocolate. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into the chocolate mixture. Add balance of ingredients. Bake in greased pan, 9 x 9 in. for 30 min. in oven at 350° F. Cut in small squares while hot.

Minute Desert "Lazy Gal Recipe"

6 marshmallows, quartered
1 cup crushed pineapple
1/2 cup Shields Date Crystals®
Combine all these ingredients and chill for several hours. Serve with whipped cream. May also be used as pie filling.

Date Oven-Steamed-Pudding

6 tbsp. milk
1/2 cup nuts
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup sugar
1 cup Shields Date Crystals®
1/2 cup water
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
Pour water over the Shields Date Crystals®. Beat egg yolks and add milk. Mix in the Date Crystals®. Combine the dry ingredients and add to mixture, folding in the beaten egg whites last. Pour into an oiled pan, place pan in water and bake 30 min. at 350° F (15 min. covered, and last 15 min. uncovered). Serve with whipped cream.

Date Crystals® Peanut Butter Chews

1 cup Shields Date Crystals®
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
4 tbsp. water
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 egg whites unbeaten
Pour water over Shields Date Crystals®. Let set 5 min. Then place all ingredients in mixing bowl and stir until well blended. Drop by teaspoons on greased baking sheet. Bake 15 min. at 350° F.

Date Crystals® Dream

1/2 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1-3/4 cup flour - measured after sifting
1 cup Shields Date Crystals®
1/4 cup rolled oats
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup nuts optional
Pour 1/2 cups water over the Shields Date Crystals®, cream shortening, sugar and salt. Add beaten egg, rolled oats and Date Crystals®. Sift other ingredients. Add alternately with milk. Drop teaspoonfuls in shallow greased pan. Bake 45 min. in oven at 350° F.

Queen Elizabeth Cake

1/3 cup Orange Juice
1 cup Date Crystals®
1 cup boiling water
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 cup margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Mix orange juice and Date Crystals®. Let stand 15 min. Then add boiling water, baking soda. Set aside. In a separate bowl, cream until fluffy the margarine and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla. Sift together in margarine mixture the flour and baking powder. Add alternately with date mixture to creamed mixture. Stir in nuts. Bake in a well-greased and floured 9x9 pan at 350° F, for about 45 min. or until cake tests done. Serve with whipping cream.