Ramadaan Mubaarak and Ma'amoul

Firstly, Ramadaan Mubarak to all Muslims around the world! May Allah make this month a blessing for us all, that we drawer closer to Him, seeking His Forgiveness and His Pleasure.

Today I have a rather quick recipe post, since I decided to make Ma'amoul ( for the first time) this morning. I don't yet know if it turned out any good. We fast for 20 hour here in Scotland, so I've still got another 9 hours to go before I can try them ;)
This is also usually made with semolina, which I did not have, hooray for using what is available to hand.

8oz Plain Flour
4oz Butter
3tbsp Water
2tsp Rose Water
7oz Date Paste

Spices and/or nuts to add to the date paste (I used cinnamon, though cardamom as well as pistachios are often used)
Icing Sugar for dusting.

Add butter and flour to a bowl, rub together until it resembles bread crumbs
Add water and rose water and using a knife, mix until combined and a dough is formed.
If it become too sticky add more flour.
Cover and leave to rest for 30min.
In another bowl, sprinkle on your cinnamon if using
Squeeze paste together with fingers to ensure even distribution of cinnamon
*if you are not using any spices or nuts in your filling then you can just use the date paste straight from the packet, save on washing up, you know ;) 
Take a bit of dough (however big or small depending on  the size you want them) and roll into a ball

Flatten dough by pressing you palms together and add some date paste.
Fold the sides up and press together, gently roll back into a ball shape.

Now if you are cool, you'll have one of these nifty ma'amoul cookie presses and life will be incredibly easy for you people.
If you are no so cool, like myself, continue to spend the next hour of so hand pressing your desired design with a knife.
Place on a lightly greased tray and over loosely with foil
Bake in a preheated oven, (180C) for about 20-25min, removing foil half-way through cooking

Allow to cool completely, then dust with icing sugar if you so wish.
Enjoy! (Or fight with the temptation to try one for 9 hours ;) )


fast for 20 hour ..still got another 9 hours ...


total = 29 hours???

Lol no.
20 hours fasting, 11 fasted prior to writing the post therefore 9 still to go as of writing the post

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