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Protein Packed Treats

Fran Costigan & Vesanto Melina - Protein Packed Treats

This event was on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 1:00 pm Pacific, 4:00 pm Eastern

Explore the world of protein-enriched treats with Chef Fran Costigan and Registered Dietitian Vesanto Melina in an insightful discussion that strikes a harmonious balance between fla… Read More.



What is an accurate method to measure medjool dates? Weight?

— Kate Reed


So I happen to have a cup of magel dates here. I don't measure them this way. I use a scale for everything. Now our recipes in the course are in ounces and cups. We have students all over the world. So the flowers are different. Things are different. I can't say to everyone. You have to use, for example, king Arthur flour with this exact amount of protein and weight. So you follow the recipe and you take out one of your scales. This particular one I can weigh in ounces, milliliters, grams. And I really like that. I see many recipes will say instead of a cup of dates, because that's really difficult, um, to, you know, 10 mej all dates, for example, when you weigh them, I would weigh them pitted 10, eight to 10 mid dates tends to be what is considered a cup. And try to, you know, find ones that are pretty even. I use a company called Rancho Mecho Dates, um, that just, the dates are really beautiful, but that is certainly not the only one. It shouldn't matter too much in your recipe. It's not like a flour measurement. I mean, I'm getting ready. It's the time of the year for me to make my favorite not so sticky date pudding, which I love. And there's a lot of dates there.
Fran Costigan

Fran Costigan

Director of Vegan Pastry