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Maamoul Date Cookies

A very traditional Middle Eastern filled biscuit, this recipe will give you the easiest rendition of maamoul with a spiced date filling. The pastry is made with fine semolina and plain flour. 

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Difficulty
Medium
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Time
255 min
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Author
lorem ipsum

Ingredients

Servings: 4
Makes: 25
For the dough
220 g unsalted butter, cut into cubes
100 g milk
135 g plain flour
360 g fine semolina flour
40 g caster sugar

For the filling
390 g dates, soaked in hot water for 5 minutes, drained, pitted
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
0.5 tsp ground cinnamon


Instructions

STEP 1/5

Fit the K-Beater to the machine

STEP 2/5

Add butter and milk into a small saucepan
Place over a medium-high heat until simmering 
Remove from the heat and set aside

STEP 3/5

Add plain flour, semolina flour and sugar into the Mixer bowl
Attach the Mixer bowl to the machine and fit the splash guard
Mix on speed 1 for 10 seconds until combined
While the machine is running, gradually add the warm milk mixture into the Mixer bowl
Mix on speed 1 for 2 minutes until combined
Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula
Mix on speed 1 for 1 minute until combined

Transfer the dough to a work surface
Knead until the dough comes together
Place the dough back into the Mixer bowl
Cover with a tea towel
Let rest for at least 3 hours 
(Tip: This allows the semolina to absorb moisture and soften)

STEP 4/5

Line the baking trays with parchment paper
Lightly flour the moulds
Assemble the Food Processor attachment to the machine
Fit the Knife Blade to the machine
Add dates, oil and cinnamon into the Food Processor bowl
Attach the lid and ensure it is locked into place
Mix until a paste forms
Transfer the mixture into a small mixing bowl
Using wet hands, shape into hazelnut-sized balls
Transfer the shaped dough onto the prepared baking trays and set aside

STEP 5/5

Preheat the oven to 180ºC
Transfer the dough from the Mixer bowl into a lightly floured work surface
Knead for 5 minutes until soft and pliable
Shape the dough into walnut-sized balls 
Flatten each ball into a disc
Hold it in the centre of your palm and press it into a cup shape
Place a ball of the date mixture inside the cup
Bring the edges of the dough over the filling
Press the seams to seal
Roll into balls and place them into the prepared moulds
Once shaped, tap them out onto a work surface
Place the cookies onto the baking tray and space them apart evenly
Bake at 180ºC for 20 minutes or until golden
Remove from the oven
Turn out onto a wire rack and let cool completely

 

Serve

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Maamoul Date Cookies

A very traditional Middle Eastern filled biscuit, this recipe will give you the easiest rendition of maamoul with a spiced date filling. The pastry is made with fine semolina and plain flour. 

Ȑ
Difficulty
Medium
ȑ
Time
255 min
&
Author
lorem ipsum
Servings:4
Makes:25

Ingredients

For the dough
220 g unsalted butter, cut into cubes
100 g milk
135 g plain flour
360 g fine semolina flour
40 g caster sugar

For the filling
390 g dates, soaked in hot water for 5 minutes, drained, pitted
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
0.5 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

STEP 1/5

Fit the K-Beater to the machine

STEP 2/5

Add butter and milk into a small saucepan
Place over a medium-high heat until simmering 
Remove from the heat and set aside

STEP 3/5

Add plain flour, semolina flour and sugar into the Mixer bowl
Attach the Mixer bowl to the machine and fit the splash guard
Mix on speed 1 for 10 seconds until combined
While the machine is running, gradually add the warm milk mixture into the Mixer bowl
Mix on speed 1 for 2 minutes until combined
Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula
Mix on speed 1 for 1 minute until combined

Transfer the dough to a work surface
Knead until the dough comes together
Place the dough back into the Mixer bowl
Cover with a tea towel
Let rest for at least 3 hours 
(Tip: This allows the semolina to absorb moisture and soften)

STEP 4/5

Line the baking trays with parchment paper
Lightly flour the moulds
Assemble the Food Processor attachment to the machine
Fit the Knife Blade to the machine
Add dates, oil and cinnamon into the Food Processor bowl
Attach the lid and ensure it is locked into place
Mix until a paste forms
Transfer the mixture into a small mixing bowl
Using wet hands, shape into hazelnut-sized balls
Transfer the shaped dough onto the prepared baking trays and set aside

STEP 5/5

Preheat the oven to 180ºC
Transfer the dough from the Mixer bowl into a lightly floured work surface
Knead for 5 minutes until soft and pliable
Shape the dough into walnut-sized balls 
Flatten each ball into a disc
Hold it in the centre of your palm and press it into a cup shape
Place a ball of the date mixture inside the cup
Bring the edges of the dough over the filling
Press the seams to seal
Roll into balls and place them into the prepared moulds
Once shaped, tap them out onto a work surface
Place the cookies onto the baking tray and space them apart evenly
Bake at 180ºC for 20 minutes or until golden
Remove from the oven
Turn out onto a wire rack and let cool completely

 

Serve

Notes