A Date with my Honey

I use Silan, also known as date honey, as part of the yeast starter for the bread that Mr BT and I make every week. It doesn’t really impart any extra flavour to the bread, but I think it is a bit healthier than white sugar.

I was really tired of making the same chicken dishes I make all the time, so I decided to try an experiment using date honey. It has a slight taste of dates and can be spread on bread, mixed with equal parts of tahina and used as a spread, used on pancakes instead of maple syrup, etc. What I like about Silan is that it is not sickeningly sweet.

I mixed the date honey with oranges and grapefruits from the trees around the moshav. And for an extra kick, I added some chili paste and grated ginger. It made an excellent spicy barbeque sauce.

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Spicy Silan, Citrus and Ginger Chicken
Ingredients
  • 1 whole chicken cut into eighths
  • 1/2 cup date honey
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup grapefruit juice or lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger grated with a microplane
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F). Place the chicken in a baking dish. Mix all of the ingredients and pour over the chicken. Bake for 1-1/2 hours or until falling of the bone.
  2. Serve with rice, couscous or quinoa.
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