Algerian Charlotte

Servings: 6-8
Preparation time: 60min
Active time: 40min
Total time: 100min

1 cup dates
juice of 1 orange
1 1/2 cup water
3 tbsp honey
1 tbsp gelatin
2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup chopped almonds
2 tbsp sliced almonds
2 chopped dates
grated peel of 1/2 orange


1. Put the orange juice into a saucepan and add the water and honey. Sprinkle the gelatin onto the mixture. When it dissolves, stir briefly and add the quartered dates.

2. Bring to boil, reduce the heat and simmer covered for 30 minutes. Cool. Strain the mixture and reserve the liquid.

3. Whip the cream until it stand in peaks. Add the almonds to the date liquid and gently fold into the cream.

4. Spoon into a two-quart serving dish. Decorate the charlotte with the sliced almonds, chopped dates and grated orange peel.

5. Chill in the refrigerator for 2 or more hours before serving.