Exotic and spicy, this syrup recipe is the perfect blend of bold pepper and smooth, sweet Medjool dates. Serve over ice cream, hot oatmeal, spiced cake and more.
Soak dates with pepper and boiling water in covered small bowl 30 minutes or until dates have softened.
Remove dates with a slotted spoon into a blender container, reserving the water. Cover blender. With center part of cover removed and blender running on high speed, gradually add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of the reserved water. Cover blender completely. Blend 2 to 3 minutes on high speed or until smooth.
Store syrup in tightly covered, clean container in refrigerator until ready to use.
Test Kitchen Tips:
• For Vanilla Peppered Date Syrup: Add 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract to the boiling water for soaking the dates.
• Serve Peppered Date Syrup over ice cream, spiced cake, hot oatmeal or other hot grain cereal and yogurt.