Maamoul (Date-filled pastry)

    1 day 2 hours 25 min

    Maamoul is a Middle Eastern pastry that is beloved by both Christians and Muslims alike to celebrate Easter and the Islamic Eid. You need a special maamoul mould for this recipe, which can be found in Middle Eastern grocery stores and online.

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    Makes: 25 pieces

    • For the pastry
    • 500g fine semolina
    • 250g butter, melted
    • 50 ml orange blossom water, heated
    • 50ml rose water, heated
    • For the filling
    • 250g dates, stones removed before weighing
    • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
    • icing sugar for dusting

    Prep:2hr  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Extra time:1day  ›  Ready in:1day2hr25min 

    1. Add the fine semolina to a large bowl. Add the butter and work it in with your hands. Add the orange blossom and rose water and work again with your hands. Wrap in cling wrap and let rest overnight.
    2. The next day puree the dates. Add the butter and shape into small balls 2cm in diametre.
    3. Divide the pastry mixture into pieces the size of an egg. Use 2/3 of a piece to press into the maamoul mold, add the filling and place the remaining 1/3 on top, flattening it to a disk that covers the entire filling. Unmould by gently tapping it on the kitchen counter. Place the pieces on a baking tray. Proceed the same way with the rest of the pieces.
    4. Preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Bake until golden, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and dust with icing sugar while still hot.

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