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    Mahlouach-Yemenite Pancakes

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    10 hrs 15 mins

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    15 mins

    byZula's Note:

    Mahlouach (pronounced “mah-lou-wach”) sounds suspiciously like mallah, an Arabic precursor to phyllo dough. This puff pastry-like pancake bread is served fried, both in Yemenite restaurants and in homes. Like Yemenite Sabbath breads kubbanah and jahnoun, mahlouach is so popular with Israelis that it is made commercially and sold frozen in supermarkets around the country. Eat as is, dipped in hot sauce or soup, or filled like a crepe with spinach or meat. From ‘The Foods of Israel Today’.

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    1. 1
      Mix together the flour, water, oil, vinegar, salt, and sugar. Knead lightly for about 10 minutes. Cover with a towel and let rest for 30 minutes.
    2. 2
      Divide the dough into 6 pieces and roll out 1 piece to a 9 by 9-inch square. Spread 1-2 tablespoons of the butter over the surface (more butter will make the finished bread richer and more flaky). Fold the dough in half to form a rectangle. Repeat with the remaining 5 pieces of dough. Pile the rectangles on top of each other, cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
    3. 3
      Roll each piece again to a 9 by 9-inch square and fold in half. Stack, cover, and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Repeat this procedure 3 more times. After the final fold, wrap the pieces in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
    4. 4
      Roll out each piece of dough to a 9-inch circle. In a 9-inch frying pan with a lid, heat the remaining tablespoons of butter over a medium-low flame.
    5. 5
      Place 1 dough circle in the pan, cover, and cook for 3 minutes. Turn the dough over, cover, and cook another 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining dough. (You will not have to add more butter for frying, as the raw mahlouach are already quite buttery.).

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    • on May 14, 2007


      I made this (it takes two days). It was perfect. I froze some of the dough for future cooking!

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    Nutritional Facts for Mahlouach-Yemenite Pancakes

    Serving Size: 1 (140 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 442.7
    Calories from Fat 165
    Total Fat 18.3 g
    Saturated Fat 10.1 g
    Cholesterol 40.6 mg
    Sodium 392.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 60.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.1 g
    Sugars 0.9 g
    Protein 8.2 g

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