A lot of my recipes call for 1/2 cup date syrup. In my cookbook and on my web site, http://bakewithdates.com, I have a recipe for a full 2 cup batch of date syrup. Date syrup keeps well in an air tight container in the refrigerator for about 2-3 weeks.
Sometimes you just don't want to make a full batch of date syrup to make one of the other recipes in the cookbook. Here's a quick and easy way to make 1/2 cup portion of date syrup.
Quick and Easy Date Syrup
6 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Combine all ingredients in a 2 cup glass measuring cup. Microwave for 1 1/3 to 2 minutes until water has come to a boil. Let cool. Puree in small nut grinder, small food processor or personal blender until smooth.
Tips: The trick is to use a small enough container so that the date mixture will actually be pureed. I have a small nut grinder that works the best for this purpose.