Date Filling


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Makes about 1 1/2 cups
Deglet noor dates work just as well here as more expensive medjool dates. Be sure to check the dates carefully for any stray pits.

Combine in a medium saucepan:
12 ounces (3 cups) pitted dates
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
Pinch salt

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until soft, about 15 minutes. Stir in:
1 teaspoon vanilla

Place in a food processor and process just until smooth, about 10 seconds. Let cool. Add more water if necessary if mixture is too thick and sticky.