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Wontons With Almonds And Dates

The Chinese rarely eat desserts as they are known in the west, but they are fond of sweetmeats, and this wonton sweetmeat stuffed with fruit, nuts and finely grated orange rind is a particular favourite.

ingredients

4-6 servings
175 g (6 oz) 1 cup Stoned dates, finely chopped
50 g (2 oz) 1/3 cup Slivered almonds
2 tsp Sesame seeds
Finely grated rind of 1 orange
2 Tbs Orange-flower water
225 g (8 oz) Wonton dough, thinly rolled and cut into 36 squares or 36 bought wonton wrappers
Sufficient vegetable oil for deep-frying
2 Tbs Icing (confectioners') sugar
1 Orange, thinly sliced

method

1. Put the dates, almonds, sesame seeds, orange rind and orange-flower water in a bowl and knead the mixture until the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

2. Lay the wonton wrappers on a flat surface and put a little filling just below the centre. Wet the edges of the dough, then fold over one corner to make a triangle, pinching the edges together to seal. Pull the corners at the base of the triangle together and pinch to seal.

3. Fill a large saucepan one-third full with oil and heat until it reaches 190oC (375°F) on a deep-fat thermometer, or until a small cube of stale bread dropped into the oil turns golden in 40 seconds. Carefully lower the wontons into the oil, a few at a time, and fry for 2 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crisp. Remove from the oil and drain on kitchen towels.

4. Arrange the cooked wontons on a warmed serving dish. Sprinkle over the icing (confectioners') sugar and garnish with the orange slices.

5. Serve at once.

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