Recipes Across the World: Egyptian Kahk Cookies

Nadine Arab of Curls en Route is bringing a candy deal with from Egypt to the ‘Recipes Across the World‘ collection!

I selected Kahk because it resembles joyful moments from my childhood; they remind me of my grandma and of the Eid vacation. To today, these celebratory cookies unfold pleasure amongst all Egyptians—grownups and youngsters alike!

Kahk are Egyptian cookies which are primarily related to the Islamic Eid Al-Fitr, the 3-day feast that marks the top of Ramadan. These cookies are a cornerstone of the Egyptian tradition that dates again to historic Egypt. Sure, drawings of Kahk had been discovered on partitions of some temples!

And in a later period, kitchens in palaces used to make large portions and fill them with gold cash and provides them out to the individuals on Eid!

Right here’s the recipe for the best way to make Egyptian Kahk cookies at house!

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Cairo, Egypt

Cultural Context

Through the years, the Kahk custom was handed down from one era to a different, and naturally, no Kahk on the planet would beat your grandma’s recipe! I’d argue that for a lot of Egyptians, their favourite reminiscences must embrace serving to out their grandma on the final day of Ramadan, as she bakes they usually stamp the cookies!

I keep in mind once I was a baby, I used to collect with my cousins and assist our grandma make all kinds of shapes on the scrumptious snowballs-to-be.

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Kahk Batter:

  • 1 kg all-purpose flour (~eight cups of flour)
  • 100g powdered sugar (plus some extra to sprinkle on the finish)
  • 2 tbsp yeast OR 1 half of tsp baking powder
  • 600g ghee (use at room temperature)
  • 2-Three cups milk (use at room temperature)
  • Three tbsp toasted sesame seeds (optionally available)
  • half of tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp Kahk essence (That is an extract that offers Kahk a particular odor and style. Because you may not be capable of discover this at your native spice store, you’ll be able to change it with rose water or take away it fully)
  • Trace of salt

For the Fillings:

  • Choice #1: Plain Kahk (no filling)
  • Choice #2: Nuts (hottest selection: walnuts)
  • Choice #3: A’agameya filling (elements+ recipe beneath!)
  • Choice #4: A’gwa filling (date paste)

 A’agameya Substances:

  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • Three tbsp ghee
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 cup diced walnuts (optionally available)

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Recipe + Preparation

Directions — A’agameya:

  1. Soften the ghee on medium-high warmth.
  2. Stir within the flour and prepare dinner till golden.
  3. Add the honey, preserve stirring, and convey to a boil.
  4. Preserve cooking till you get a thicker consistency. You don’t need it to be too onerous although, so don’t overcook.
  5. Flip off the warmth. If you happen to’ll add walnuts or sesame seeds, then stir them in now.
  6. Go away it to chill at room temperature earlier than shaping and refrigerating (extra on that beneath).

Directions – Kahk:

  1. Put together fillings first, should you received’t go for plain Kahk, by rolling into nut-sized items then preserve within the fridge till they’re prepared for use. Discover A’agameya directions above should you’ll go for it.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) (For A’agameya Kahk, preheat to 260°C to keep away from the filling oozing out whereas baking.)
  3. Combine the dry elements along with the vanilla extract and the Kahk essence (or rose water).
  4. Add the ghee and mix till all is properly blended.
  5. Add the milk steadily whereas mixing.
  6. Begin taking out scoop-size items of dough and roll into balls. So as to add the filling, press along with your thumb within the heart of the ball, add the filling, then roll once more till it’s fully coated.
  7. Make designs on the highest of every cookie utilizing a Kahk stamper or tweezers, however because you may not have the instruments, you need to use a sugar sifter or a fork as an alternative. Simply be certain the filling received’t ooze out.
  8. Place the Kahk on a baking sheet coated in parchment paper. Go away sufficient house between every cookie. Place A’agameya Kahk on a separate baking sheet as they’ll be baked alone.
  9. Bake cookies for round 20-25 minutes or till agency. As for A’agameya Kahk, bake till agency and it ought to take lower than 10 minutes (greater temperature).
  10. Go away to chill, then transfer to a wire rack and go away them to chill once more.
  11. Sift powdered sugar in your cookies, however be certain they cooled fully so the sugar wouldn’t soften.

Bel hana wel shefa! (Arabic for “take pleasure in your meal”)

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Wish to discover different scrumptious meals from all over the world to make? Try these recipes!


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