bluemoon downunder's Note:
A popular Middle Eastern pastry, especially as popular at Easter. From 'The Best of Lebanese and Middle Eastern Cooking', posted here for the 2005 Zaar World Tour. Serve with coffee, after a Middle Eastern banquet. Orange-blossom water and rose water can be purchased from Greek and Middle Eastern grocers. The preparation and cooking times do not include the 30 minutes for the dough to rest.
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- 1Combine the dates and 1/4 cup water in a jsmall pan over a gentle heat and cook until softened, then set aside to cool.
- 2Sift the flour into a bowl, and add the diced, chilled butter and rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
- 3Combine the orange-blossom water or rose water with the 2 tablespoons of water and sprinkle over the flour; then mix into the flour using a round-bladed knife. Cover the dough and rest for approximately 30 minutes.
- 4Take a spoonful of dough and shape into a round, make a hollow with your finger and spoon a little of the date stuffing into the hollow, then seal the opening and reshape into a round.
- 5Continue until the dough runs out.
- 6Place the pastries on a lightly greased baking sheet, cover loosely with foil and bake in a pre-heated moderate oven (180°C; 350°F) for 20-25 minutes. Remove the foil about halfway through the cooking, but keep an eye on them to ensure that they do not brown.
- 7Remove and cool on wire racks until firm.
- 8When thoroughly cooled, roll in sifted icing sugar.
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Nutritional Facts for Ma'amoul (Lebanese Date Stuffed Pastries)
Serving Size: 1 (775 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 193.8
- Calories from Fat 71
- Total Fat 7.9 g
- Saturated Fat 4.8 g
- Cholesterol 20.3 mg
- Sodium 55.3 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 29.4 g
- Dietary Fiber 2.0 g
- Sugars 12.0 g
- Protein 2.6 g
The following items or measurements are not included:
orange blossom water