Learn how your comment data is processed. Can u please help. Umm Ali. I just substituted the milk with half and half and for the reheat el kahk I put rosewater and fennel. Never ever buying store bought kahk again! Keep shinning dear and amaze us with your talent . About the consistency, it holds its shape really well. Some of them burst, i must admit, but the texture and flavor were incredible; melt in the mouth but not too soft and sticky. Moaz I’m so glad to read that this recipe worked so well with you. I actually recommend not stamping the agameya filled ones, as to not pierce the dough, which could let agameya ooze out. If so, I’d recommend choosing the softest kind you can get your hands on. Knead in the walnuts, if desired. I’m really glad you loved them so much. And that’s it! In the old version, you’d bake the agomeya-filled ones at a super high temp for a very short time or they’ll leak otherwise. That’s so interesting. Let the dough rest in a warm place for two hours. Really happy to hear that they turned out so well Dina! I think it would be awesome if you started a recipe exchange… I’d totally participate! Otherwise, if you don’t have one, the best way to measure flour is to lightly spoon the flour into the cup then level off the excess using the back of a knife. You can’t believe the joy it brought to my family. I'm obsessed with perfecting dessert recipes so you don't have to. About the cheese Kunafa, you could control the sweetness by not pouring in all of the syrup. 8 Winter Traditions from Around the World – ColorMag, 8 Winter Traditions from Around the World - Entertainment News Of All Types, 8 Winter Traditions from Around the World, 8 Winter Traditions from Around the World – iTech – Blog: iOS • Android • Windows • Mac • Game • Technology, 8 Winter Traditions from Around the World – LifeSavvy - Phoneweek, a great source on the best way to measure, Food in Egypt - 22 Delicious Traditional Dishes - Study Travel Repeat, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Kahk | Cookes That Feel Good, 30 Cookies From Around The World (P1) - Demo Website, 65g (1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon) powdered sugar, plus extra for coating, 1/4 cup (40g) toasted sesame seeds (optional, but highly recommend), 1 tablespoon (10g) Kahk Essence (Reehet El Kahk)*, One 1g packet vanilla powder (or 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract)*, 600g (2 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons) ghee or clarified butter, at room temperature*, Toasted walnuts, about 250g, chopped into large chunks, 2 tablespoons (25g) ghee or clarified butter, 1 1/2 tablespoon (15g) toasted sesame seeds, 1/4 teaspoon Kahk Essence (Reehet El Kahk) (optional), 1/4 cup (28g) finely chopped walnuts or favorite nut (optional), 1 tablespoon (12g) ghee or clarified butter, 2/3 cup (75g) finely chopped walnuts or favorite nut (optional), 500g soft, high quality date paste (agwa)*, 1 tablespoon (12g) ghee clarified butter, or more, 2 tablespoons (20g) toasted sesame seeds (optional). The added moisture (milk) from the butter and relatively low fat content, is what caused this coarse texture for sure. Then you need to shape agwa into a rope that will take almost third of the rectangle, roll it over to form a stuffed cylinder. It’s so great to hear that you enjoyed this recipe! I have tried the kahk recipe before the update and liked it a lot, but i LOVED the updated version, it was AMAZING, thank you so much , Yay! Doesn’t hurt that they’re legit eye candy… P.P.S. And no Egyptian feast is complete without Kahk. I don’t get why Kahk has a reputation for being difficult to make. This is a childhood love, Ara'eesh is found in all pastry shops in Egypt and it was one of my dreams - since we landed here- to recreate it in my own kitchen. One question though, where do you manage to find those small ice cream scoops? Kahk essence is a powdered mixture of spices that gives Kahk its distinctive flavor. My hope is to introduce you to new flavors, creative ways and fresh takes on favorites. For the plain ara'eesh, roll each part to form an 11 inch log , trim the ends then cut each log into 8 pieces. Otherwise, you could just leave it out and still have some pretty amazing kahk. I am Egyptian too, been living in North America for 30 years, went to a cooking school, taught by Martha Stewart. Believe it or not, I was never into kahk in the first place until last year. When touched with your finger, it should hold its shape, but remain soft and malleable; it should not stick to the teeth. I had no idea! Thank you so much for taking the time to write these beautiful words and kind compliments; they mean the world to me. Can’t wait to try it! Leave a comment below and let us know what you think! I don’t mean to brag, but it makes the best kahk I’ve ever tasted. Which means you need to go to your kitchen and make some delicious Mamoul. I am sooo proud of you!! I think the reason for cracking could be one of 2 reasons. I hope you continue to be well and you home renovations are not too irksome. I hope this helps. Thank you so much for this awesome recipe. Using a small sieve, dust the kahk with a generous amount of powdered sugar or roll into a bowl full of sugar. Substitute Chinese Five-Spice for Kahk Essence if not available. I recommend first trying 1/4 of the recipe so you could test out of the perfect timing to reach your desired consistency. Thank you very much for this recipe. Thank you. They are truly fabulous as you described. Once boiled, cook a little longer until barely thickened and has the consistency of hot caramel sauce; about 1 minute longer. Yield: Makes 135 (1 tablespoon sized) cookies. To be honest, I’m not sure if I’ve seen the mini ice cream scoops in Cairo, as I brought them with me from abroad. So as you could imagine, the calories consumed during the three days of Eid make up for all those lost during the month’s fast. Thank you!! yes I’m making more. My question is should I use the same amount of dough when I try it with a filling? OMG how cool is that?!! They turned out so well, I’m so proud of myself! So basically, you’ll now bake the agameya ones exactly how you’d bake the plain ones. I had the same problem with my dough being way too dry the two times I made this recipe! Thanks. I mean they’ve always tasted ok to me, but they were never something I’d crave or would waste calories on. Are you sure you measured all ingredients precisely? They’re delicious! That’s all folks! I made these last year and the year before and they were amazing! I’m pretty that Darb El Barabra shop, also in Heliopolis, would have it too. Thank you these are the best Kahk 4ever! With the mixer running on low speed, gradually pour in the milk. In addition this way I wouldn’t need to wait for it to proof . If you ever need any baking tools from New York let me know I will be happy to provide. In term of looks, they are comparable to Mexican Wedding Cookies and Snowballs. Here’s there number: 01006085280 I hope you'll try ara'eesh and tell me what do you think... see you on soon. I sat by Egyptian grandmothers in social events to learn their secrets. Turn the dough into a lightly floured surface and knead by hand for 5 minutes. I’m overjoyed that you have stopped by! Please accept my apologies for my late reply, as Ramadan has been a very busy month for me, and I was struggling to keep up with everything on my own. All the indulgent food we eat during iftar is balanced out with the 16+ hours of fasting. I have the regular sized ones but I can’t find the small-release ones. Michael’s craft store is indeed magical. Mix together until flour is completely incorporated. Serve or store in a container. The old recipe can still be found in the 'Recipe Notes' below, in case you prefer to stick to it. So great to hear that you’re liking the Kahk base. Things have gone downhill ever since and we’ve been getting nuts and gooey honey filling instead of gold coins, but whatever…they’re still great! Koshary is pretty much Egypt's staple street food. Please let me know if there’s anything that you changed about the recipe, other than halving it. Mix melted ghee into the flour mixture until fully combined. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sesame seeds, sugar, cinnamon, yeast, and salt. Thanks for your wonderful feedback . Enjoy . Will be sure to include it in next year’s Ramadan palooza. Thank you Marwa…wenti tayeba. What do i do if i wanna cut it in half. If you are going to stuff it with agra then roll each into an 11 inch long , with almost 4mm thickness, rectangle. Arrange over parchment lined baking sheets and keep refridgerated until ready to use. If you want to make half the recipe, just divide all ingredient amounts by 2. Let me know how it went with you. I’m sorry if I confused you, but here’s a great source on the best way to measure ingredients using volume (by cups) that I recommend checking out. Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail. How loose or pliable the agameya turns out, mainly depends on how long you cook it on the stove. 4. form balls, spread with honey and cover in the ground almonds. You were taught by Martha Stewart?!! You really have writing skills and l definitely enjoy reading your humoristic way of putting things down. I loved them both to be honest. Kahk have these signature prints on top that are plain fun to make with special stampers, but also acts as a label to the different types of fillings. I really like a ghee brand called Fern and would highly recommend it. Otherwise it is considered a violation of intellectual property. https://tastykitchen.com/.../06/middle-eastern-date-filled-cookies-maamoul The orange blossom water in the recipe is optional though. Everyone loves it. And then the tradition kind of just carried on. My oldest used to take those to school in Egypt when he was just 4 years old and he used to call them circles :). Using a measuring tablespoon or a tablespoon-sized ice cream scoop with a release mechanism, scoop out tablespoons of dough and place on a baking sheet. Not only do they have a soft texture but they rnt as crumbly as the ones I did earlier using the traditional method, if anyone likes a courser texture this recipe isn’t for them, but whoever likes a soft ghorayeba like texture then this is definitely in plus it quite holds itself well given the quantity of ghee in it. Well, that's it for today's recipe. Thank you so much for your kind wishes. Thanks for this recipe! Though I haven't tried it myself, I heard that you can make it by mixing equal amounts of each. Lol! Cant wait to try the ghorayeba. Have a wonderful Eid! Arrange over parchment lined baking sheets and keep refridgerated until ready to use. I really hope this one changes your mind I already have so many baking plans the day before Eid, and want to get as much done ahead of time as possible! I am just making these now - thrilled to find this recipe as I used to work in a natural food store (The Real Food Company) in San Francisco in the 1980's and 1990's. When you mix the ghee with the dry ingredients, it starts out really crumbly at first, then the more you mix, the creamier it keeps getting. Dough done. They were all of a sudden…cravable. What an amazing experience that must’ve been. Can I substitute regular butter for the ghee? Pls enjoy your summer but don’t forget your fans. Mix dry ingredients with hot butter then when it has cooled enough mix with hands. I wish I think it was someone else I have no idea how to gluten free stuff. No worries though, I love you guys too much to leave you that long without being in touch. Butter is made up of about 80% fat and 20% moisture (milk and water), while ghee is nearly 100% fat. For the date filling 3 cups of date paste (minced seedless date) combined with al alali Ground Cinnamon, anise, cardamom and 1 tbs. In fact, you can not put any syrup at all and let each person drizzle their desired amount on their piece. Don’t make it thicker or it will be too hard to chew on. You mention also making a gluten free version do you remember what type of flour you used for the dough or what the recipe for that was? I mean, the agameya wasn’t oozing out or anything, just the cookies were all cracked, even the ones with no filling. Add the melted butter and mix to combine. If you can get your hands on some, awesome! Thank you for the effort you put in to perfect the recipes for us! I have made these cookies 3 times and each time they are so good. It is more of an event; an informal ritual that Egyptian families look forward to, than just a mere cookie that we love to gobble up. They are a tradition more than anything else really. Because after a month-long of fasting, you bet we’re going to be feasting. There… This post may contain affiliate links. Unfortunately, this recipe doesn’t work with straight up butter, due to its high moisture content. Thanks a million for this amazing recipe second year to do it and it is just perfect …. If you are going to stuff it, then we will make a rectangle instead of a log. They still came out delicious, though! for a guy like me I was overwhelmed by how everyone makes some kind of modification to the traditional recipe, and couldn’t decide which one to go with, when I was simply searching for a recipe that uses grams because all the cup measurings are too ambiguous to me, then I stumbled on your blog. (Do not overcook, or it will harden). You can lightly press on them though with your hand or into a maamoul mold. Egyptian shortbread (also called ghorayebah) are different than the typical shortbread from the UK because they are made with clarified butter (samneh) instead of regular butter, as well as icing sugar, and an egg yolk. I’d recommend waiting to cover them with sugar until you’re ready to serve them as the sugar tends to soak into the cookie over time. Kahk can have so many different fillings or can be left plain. I've added a few tweaks that made a world of a difference. Either overmeasuring the flour or undermeasuring the ghee resulting in a dry dough, or overbaking. Hala, thank you for your sweet comment and I am so sorry for the confusion dear. The vanilla powder I use is Cook's brand. If filling with agameya with nuts, then the amount should be enough for the kahk recipe. You can absolutely make them in advance but no need to freeze. May be that's why the sugar is not that much. Wishing you better results next time:), Hi tasbih , i have few Q is the amount of agameyah enough for the whole dough? ), Hi Ala’a! Hi! Usually the not filled ones are eaten with savory things like cheese. I’ve embarrassingly have never tried my hands at petit four I’m so happy to hear that Dina! Mix the Malban and Agwa fillings as per recipe below. I feel you about the kahk issues; been there SO many times. I live in Dayton Ohio and not many options nearby. In the mixer bowl combine flour, salt, yeast, sesame seeds , your optional add ons and sugar and mix well. The recipe makes 135 Kahks but they’re smaller than the average kahk. Was the hardest dough so hard to work with. Mix in sesame seeds... 2. Have a good day! Also, do you have a trusted petit four recipe? I made these with my daughter yesterday – she’s 8. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat the oven to 160C/ 320F. Melt the ghee or butter over low to medium flame. Feel free to adjust the sweetness according to your preference, going no lower than 50g and not higher than 100g. Then cut into 6 equal parts. Just omit it completely then? Enjoy , Wishing you and your family lots of love and best wishes on Eid. Any more flour than that and the agameya would get too tough on me. And I made your nutella bakhlava…yeah…just me and my husband alone have devoured it within 3 days. Note1: The recipe calls for 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 oil. Enjoy . And YES, in case you are wondering, school busses in Egypt pass by kids at their homes not waiting for them at stops. Cover the dough and let it rise for two hours. and thank you again for the pleasant Kahk-making experience! The second two times i baked those lovelies u were in Egypt and we made then for eid celebrations. Agamya was too much of hassle for me, so maybe I’ll try it the next batch. Your email address will not be published. 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