Thursday, 25 October 2012

Pistachio & walnut maamoul

So Eid is upon us all, may you and your families have a wonderful Eid, full of happiness and blessings from Allah. 

One of the known arabic sweets made for Eid is maamoul. I was a bit reluctant to give these a go as they are known to be quite difficult and time consuming...but what is Eid + a food blog without Nosaiba challenging herself to make something special :)

So here is my first ever attempt to make maamoul on my own. I hope you enjoy your Eid, alongside your special Eid sweets, whatever they may be, and most importantly enjoy this recipe (and hopefully making it too) :D




Please note I have put the recipe as instructed, but I have also put what changes I made to suit my families taste buds :)

  • Makes: approx 30
  • Prep time: 11 hours (including time for the dough to rest)
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes
What you will need:

For the dough

450g coarse semolina
140g fine semolina
1/2 cup sugar
270g ghee (samni), melted and left to cool
110ml warmed rose water (my family cannot bare the taste of rose water or orange blossom water, so I added a tinyyyy amount...literally a teaspoon of each, and made the rest up with warm water)
30ml warmed orange blossom water (please see note above)
1/6 tsp yeast
1/4 cup warm water
Optional: 
Ground mahlab to taste (I added this)
1/4 tsp of ground mistika (I did not add this)

For the filling

3/4 to 1 cup sugar
2 cups powdered sugar
220g unsalted pistachio nuts
220g unsalted walnuts
30ml rose water (same as above, added a very small amount and made rest up with water)
30ml orange blossom water  (please see note above)

How to make:

1) Mix the coarse and fine semolina, alongside the sugar with a spoon or in a food processor

2) Add the ghee to the mix and work it with your hands for around 5 minutes

3) Add the rose and orange blossom water, alongside the mistika (if using) and work into the mixture

4) Dilute the yeast in the water and at to the mixutre

5) Add a small amount of mahlab and work into the mixture, kneading for around 5 minutes to form a paste

6) Cover and leave at room temperature for 7-10 hours

7) When making the filling, mix the pistachios, walnuts and both sugars and place in a food processor to grind for 1 minute (make sure not to over grind them, leave chunks of nuts in the mixture)

8) Add the rose water and orange blossom and mix to form a sticky mixture

9) Take around 1 tablespoon of dough and flatten onto your palm, forming a 1/3 inch thickness. Place 1 tsp of mixture into the middle of the flattened dough and fold the dough over it.

10) If you have a wooden or plastic maamoul mould, place the dough into this to form a shape. If you do not, small cookie cutters or tarts cases may also work as moulds

11) Flatten the dough with your hand and drop onto a lightly buttered oven tray

12) Bake at 200 degrees celcius for 13-15 minutes, until golden in colour

13) As soon as the maamoul is out of the oven, sprinkle with icing sugar






Well there we go, maamoul as a first ever attempt (and probably the last ever, lol). It did not turn out as good as ones shop bought, or my mums maamoul, but they will have to do! :)

Have a very good Eid everyone and enjoy :)


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