Date-Pecan Roll Mexican Recipe

Recipe Category: Dessert


Date-Pecan Roll Mexican Recipe


Recipe for: Rollo de Datil y Nuez – Date-Pecan Roll

Makes 4 (10-OUNCE) LOGS

  • 3 cups pitted dates (about 1 pound)
  • 4 cups pecans (about 1 pound)
  • 1½ cups sugar, plus extra for rolling
  • ½ cup water


  1. Coarsely chop the dates with a lightly oiled knife
  2. Place in a heavy pot and add the pecans, sugar, and water and cook over low-medium heat, stirring, until the dates have fallen apart and you can see the bottom of the pot when scraped with a spoon, 10 to 15 minutes
  3. The mixture will be thick and you will feel it in your arm! Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly
  4. Meanwhile, dampen 2 large pieces (about 14 by 18 inches) of cheesecloth, and squeeze out the excess water
  5. Lay out one of the cheesecloths and spread one-fourth of the mixture along the bottom (centered)
  6. Roll tightly into a log and remove the cheesecloth
  7. Repeat with the remaining mixture to roll 3 more logs
  8. Use the second cheesecloth if the first one becomes too sticky or breaks
  9. Roll the logs in sugar and wrap well in plastic wrap, then put inside a resealable bag
  10. Keep in a cool, dry area
  11. The rolls can last up to 3 months stored this way
  12. They may seem hard at first but once you slice them, you’ll see they are still delicious

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