The jujube also called as Chinese date, is not a very well known fruit. The English name derives from Greek ???????? (gigifa) but it is scarcely known in Greece. The origin of this fruit is from China while it is also grown and cultivated in India, Russia and Middle East including Turkey. In Turkish we call the fruit hünnap, deriving from Persian annab. The jujube fruit contains potassium, phosphorus, manganese, calcium, iron as well as vitamin A and C. For that reason it has been used in medicine for thousands of years in China.
This is the harvest season for this palatable fruit and can be find fresh in the markets nowadays.
It has wide culinary use i.e. jujube jam, jujube tea or honey.
In a large bowl beat egg with sugar until stiff. Add milk, hazelnut oil,lemon juice and lemon rind. Pour flour and baking powder over the mixture and mix well.
Pour into a greased and floured 28cm diameter cake pan.
For the filling:
Mix the ingredients all together.
Cover the pastry with sliced jujube fruit mixture. Bake in 175° C pre-heated oven for 20 minutes.
Dust with granule icing sugar and serve.