I am very fond of desserts with dates and nuts. I created this recipe for the holidays. It is rich with dates, nuts, and a few candied cherries. Also, it makes a beautiful dessert, and good for a crowd or brunch.
Prepare yeast dough. Let rise until doubled in size. Set aside.
Date Filling: Combine the dates, sugar, water, and butter in a sauce pan. Cook over low heat for approximately 10 minutes, stirring constantly until thickened. Add chopped nuts (reserving 1/3 cup for topping) and chopped cherries. Set aside to cool.
Roll out dough on a dough cloth into a square, approximately 12" x 12". Spread date filling to within 1 inch of edges on all sides. Roll up as in a jelly roll. Pinch ends tight and tuck under. Place on a greased cookie sheet of baking pan and let rise until doubled. Cut slits across top about 2 inches apart. Brush with egg white mixture (beat together egg white and 1 tbs of water). Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes or until lightly browned on top.
Prepare the powdered sugar glaze. Drizzle on top of stolen; sprinkle with remaining nuts and a few chopped candied cherries.