Cooking with Cameron: Homemade date honey

Date honey is a wonderful sweet syrup that has origins in the Middle East. Used as a natural sweetener instead of sugar. The flavour is bold and wonderful. This recipe we have been inspired by a Persian recipe that has spices added to it. Mix it with yoghurt, cereal. Put it cakes or muffins (go check out my recent banana muffin recipe and pancake recipe). Making this honey does take time but it is well worth the effort. So go ahead and have a crack. 


  • 2.5kg pitted dates
  • 2 tsp Cardamom
  • 2 tsp orange blossom water
  • 2lt boiling water 


  1. Place dates into a large saucepan, pour boiling water over them and soak for 30min 
  2. Bring dates back to the boil, add in spices and simmer for 1hr.  
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely 
  4. Using a cheese clothe squeeze date fibre and collect the juice in another pan. 
  5. Simmer the juice to reduce it to the consistency you want. Thick syrup or runny its up to you. 
  6. Store in airtight containers. 
  7. With the left over date fibre divide up and freeze. This can be used in sticky date puddings. Spiced date biscuits, stews to name a few ideas! 

Grab some vanilla yoghurt and drizzle some date honey over it! Yum! 



Cooking with Cameron 

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