Dried Fruit Balls

Submitted by

Asya Pereltsvaig (McGill University)

Story behind this recipe

This is a delicious Maroccan-style dessert. It requires no baking and can be prepared in advance!


600 grams dried fruit
1 cup nuts
1 1/2 cup biscuit crumbs
2-3 tbsp lemon zest
2-3 tbsp liquid coffee
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2-3 tbsp lemon juice

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Cooking Instructions

1 1/2 cup biscuit crumbs (to make crumbs, place biscuits in a zipper bag and roll with a rolling pin. Or you can use a food processor, but in my experience, food processor doesn’t make uniform crumbs), 1 cup finely chopped nuts (you can use pecans, walnuts, almonds or any other kind of nuts), 1-2 tablespoons finelly grated lemon zest (orange or tangerine zest can be substituted), 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
Mix the crumb mixture very well.
In a separate bowl place about 600 grams of dried fruit of your choice (dates, figs, apricots, prunes, dried berries, raisins).
The best way is to combine three or four different fruits. If the fruit is very dry, cover with hot water, let stand for 5 minutes or so, and drain.
Chop in a food processor until it becomes a uniform paste. Mix in with the crumb mixture until well incorporated and uniform (this is best done by hand!).
Add 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice, and 2-3 tablespoons of very strong black coffee (cold liquid). Mix in well.
If the mixture is too sweet, add more lemon juice. Cover and chill in a refridgerator for an hour or so.
Roll out small balls (about an inch in diameter), and chill again. Roll to cover in finely chopped slivered almonds, walnut chunks, shredded coconut or sesame seed.
Chill again and ENJOY!