Ka’ek is a Middle Eastern cookie, this cookie stuffed with a variety of different fillings! Each type of filling has its own mold. Date filling is traditional for celebrating holidays, but sweetened walnut and pistachio fillings are common too.
This ka’ek which can be stuffed with date, walnut, or pistachio filling, is as delicious as they are beautiful. They’re served as part of celebrations for Eid al Fitr (the Festival of Fast-Breaking at the end of Ramadan) and Eid al Adha (the Festival of Sacrifice I learned how to make ka’ek from my mom, and she learned how to make them from my grandmother. This ka’ek recipe it’s the only recipe I been using for the last 10 years, it’s so delicious.
You absolutely need a cup of tea after guys done working and enjoy
Prep 2 hours Serves:- this recipe made 70 pieces
- 2 (13 oz date paste )
- 2 tablespoons vegetables oil or ghee)
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
For the Dough:
- 6 cups flour
- 3 cups Semolina
- 3 cups oil mixture (ghee, Crisco butter, oil)
- 2 cups milk or more 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoons salt
Cake Spice Mix:
- 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 1/4 teaspoons allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground mahlab
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground anise
- 1/4 teaspoon ground fennel seed Or ka’ek Spices if available
on low heat Melt the butter ghee and oil in a small saucepan. Stir for few minutes and leave to cool.
in a large bowl add the flour, semolina 1/2 teaspoons salt, then add slowly the oil mixture give it a mix with a wooden spoon. Add 2_3 tablespoons ka’ek spices then Cover the bowl And let it sit aside for 20 minutes.
meanwhile make your ajwa ( date paste) In a bowl add the date paste oil sesame seeds and 1 tablespoon cinnamon, mix well then make a long shape by rolling the ajwa between your fingers.
now, back to the dough, slowly add the warm milk, baking powder to the dough mixture. give it a mix, and should be easy to shape. If not add more milk slowly until you get a smooth dough. And If the dough is sticky, you can add some more flour to get a soft non-sticky dough.
now Divide the dough into small size balls and roll each ball into a log shape then bring the ajwa(date paste) to the middle then bring ends together forming a ring. Place on lightly greased baking trays.
Put in the oven on the middle rack and bake for 20 min at medium heat.