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A friend of the Muslim faith gave me some dates in celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr, the end of Ramadan. Also the end of his sun-up to sun-down fasting and the start of much-anticipated feasting. The dates were yummy on their own, but even as I was chewing on them, I was already thinking of saving some for a pairing with homemade toffee sauce.

Now, I’ve never made toffee sauce before, but the basics should be easy at least that episode I saw on Nigella Bites made it seem so.

Dates in Warm Toffee Sauce

(for 1 cup dates)

3 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 Tbsp. butter

¼ cup milk

Dump sugar and butter in a saucepan. Place over low heat and wait for the sugar to melt. Stir gently as the sugar melts, making sure to mix it well with the butter. The sugar melts and caramelizes fast, so once the mixture is no longer grainy, remove from heat and stir in the milk. Mix thoroughly until you get that golden brown toffee consistency. Pour over the dates.