Everyone gets their own little cup for dunking some fresh fruit into this easy dessert sauce, made from date syrup, fresh coconut cream, flavoured with pandan leaf and vanilla! A sweet exotic sauce inspired by the cuisine of Bali, which use palm sugar, coconut and pandan leaf in many of their sweet and savoury dishes! Attending a cooking class some years back at Bumbu Bali and the many times we dinned at the restaurant gave me a deeper understanding of how authentic Balinese food is prepared and cooked using many wonderful aromatic spices!
Popular in the middle east where there is an abundance of date palms, date syrup is sweet without being overly cloying and can be used to replace other molasses wherever treacle and syrups are traditionally used… delicious drizzled over pancakes and waffles!
Brands of tinned coconut cream vary, some containing lots of additives, do check the label and buy the best quality you can find! If you are lucky enough to have a supermarket that grates fresh coconut (Lulu in Bahrain, saving you the trouble), why not make your own fresh coconut cream… which I will post with another recipe!
Infusing date syrup and coconut cream with pandan leaf releases its earthy fragrance (which needs heat or bruising), adding a subtle unique grassy flavour to this sweet sauce!
A sweet sauce that is easily adaptable by infusing the sauce with other spices, like star anise or cinnamon. Replace the coconut cream with fresh cream or simply serve this sweet sauce drizzled over some vanilla or mango ice cream for another quick dessert!
Sweet Date and Coconut Sauce with Fresh Fruit
- 125g date syrup
- 300g coconut cream
- 1 pandan leaf (screwpine), tied in a knot
- pinch of sea salt
- 2 teaspoons rice flour or cornflour mixed with 2 tablespoons of water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (home-made) or store bought
- for garnish, freshly grated coconut ( or moisten dried coconut with a little coconut cream)
- for serving, fresh pineapple, banana and apple, cut into cubes (squeeze a little lemon juice over the cut fruit to keep its colour)
How to make: Pour the date syrup and coconut cream into a small saucepan, add the pandan leaf. Bring the contents of the saucepan to a boil, reduce the heat and gently simmer for about 3 minutes. Stir in the rice or cornflour mixture and cook for about two minutes, remove from heat and discard the pandan leaf. Stir in the vanilla extract and let the sauce cool before storing in the refrigerator.
To serve: Pour the chilled sauce into small cups or dishes and sprinkle over some fresh coconut, serve with freshly prepared fruit! Serves 6.
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9 thoughts on “Sweet Date and Coconut Sauce”
Such an easy dessert and I love date syrup, will give this a try!
Worth giving this sauce a try and hope you enjoy it! 🙂
I’ve never had date syrup so I’ll have to hunt some down cause I love all the flavours you’ve used here
Thanks Peta for dropping by and hope you do try the recipe when you hopefully find the date syrup! 🙂
I just love date syrup. What a great way to use it.!! I find Balanese cuisine very intregueing
I love pandan leaf and the date and coconut flavours you’ve combined here would so lovely together. What a great recipe – thanks for sharing, Moya!
I was never a fan of dates but recently had some in a breakfast and they were delicious! I need to try this sauce 🙂 thanks for joining the hop!