This flaky and delicious treat may not be shaped like its namesake Middle Eastern cookie, but it takes substantially less work, without taking away any of the taste. And laced with the bite of cardamom and the warmth of cinnamon, dates truly bring a taste of the Levant into your kitchen.
Prep Time 1hour
Cook Time 30minutes
Total Time 1hour30minutes
Author Ksenia Prints
10gramsbaking powderor one heaping teaspoon
100gramsor about a cup of vegan margarine (or butter)
¼teaspoonvanilla extract or a few drops of rose wateror orange water
For the filling:
250gdatespreferably Mejdool, about one cup and a half
Optional: walnutspecans, pistachios, and grated orange or lemon zest would all make good additions to this filling.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Mix flour and baking powder in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, whisk the margarine (or butter), gradually adding the hot water until it melts and combines. Add the oil, vanilla extract and/or rose water and mix well.
Create a dip in the flour and slowly pour in the butter mixture, stirring with a wooden spoon until combined. Knead into a soft dough, but avoid over-mixing.
To prepare the filling, pit your dates (or if using pitted, ensure they are actually ALL pitted). Place the dates, ground cinnamon and cardamon in a food processor, and whirr until they are all mushy. Add the milk, and stir again until the mixture is smooth and combined.
Divide your dough in half. Lightly grease a pie pan. Gently roll out half the dough, and line the bottom of your pan with it, cutting off the extra crust. Spread the date mixture on top of your dough, smoothing it as much as possible. Tear the remaining dough into crumbs, and spread them on top of the filling.
Bake for about 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and serve. If desired, immediately sprinkle the pie with half the powdered sugar, refrigerate for half an hour, and top with the remaining powdered sugar.
Ma'amoul date pie https://immigrantstable.com/maamoul-pie/ February 3, 2014