Ma'amoul

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  • Portion size 26 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup orange blossom water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup semolina flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter cubed
  • 1 1/2 cup pitted date chopped
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar

Method

In small measure, stir orange blossom water with 1/3 cup (75 mL) water. Refrigerate for 5 minutes.

In large bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, semolina, granulated sugar and salt. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles fine bread crumbs; drizzle orange blossom water over flour mixture, stirring briskly with fork until dough holds together. Form into ball; press into disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.)

Meanwhile, in saucepan over medium-high heat, bring dates and 1 cup (250 mL) water to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened and smooth, about 5 minutes. Let cool.

Drop dough by 2 tbsp (30 mL) onto waxed paper-lined baking sheet to make 26 mounds. Roll each into ball. Place 1 ball in palm of hand; press thumb halfway into centre of ball, forming cup shape to hold filling. Spoon in 1 tsp (5 mL) filling; fold dough over filling and pinch edges to seal. Repeat with remaining balls and filling. Place, pinched side down and about 1-inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper-lined or greased rimless baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.)

Bake in centre of 400°F (200°C) oven until bottoms are golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to rack. Dust with icing sugar. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks; after thawing, dust again with icing sugar.)

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