- Maamoul is the popular festive dessert in all Arab countries and the differences between recipes are minor.
- The traditional fillings are dates, pistachios, walnuts and pine nuts.
- Preparing maamoul is a ritual that still gathers families.
- Lately, there have been trends of using new fillings such as chocolate and sesame.
- 2 ½ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup sugar powder
- ½ cup butter
- ¼ cup margarine
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
- Dates filling: soft and coreless dates with little vegetable oil and cardamom
- Nutsfilling: nuts, sugar powderas desired and little rose water
- Heat oven to high temperature, place shelf in the middle. Prepare short edges oven trays.
- To prepare maamoul dough: Sift flour in a deep bowl, add remaining dry ingredients and mix well with each other.
- Add butter to mixture until it becomes like bread crumbs. Add egg and vanilla powder, mix well until you have cohesive dough. Keep aside to rest.
- Meanwhile, prepare fillings.
- Start filling maamoul with dough pieces at the same size of maamoul’smold. Spread dough on your palm and put relevant amount of filling, shape it as a ball then place it in mold and place them gently in trays.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until it becomes golden.
Move maamoul to serving plate, you can garnish with sugar powder.