Breads and Pastries
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4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups butter, melted
1 tsp. ground Mahlab
6 - 8 pieces Mastic (baking gum); ground in 1 tsp. of sugar
Luke warm water, as needed
2 packets baking dates (13 oz each)
Preparing the Dough:
Sift flour and mix with the ground mahlab and mastic.
Pour the cooled melted butter and mix well. Add water gradually while kneading.
Making the Kaek:
There are two ways of making the kaek.
Form the dates into 1" rings. Take a walnut-sized ball of the dough, flatten it, put the ring shaped dates on top of the dough and wrap the dough around the dates, forming a small ring shaped cookie as shown in the picture below.
Roll the dates into long ropes and wrap the dough around it and cut diagonally into 1 or 2 inch pieces as shown in the picture below.
Bake in a 450 degrees F preheated oven for about 10 - 15 minutes until the bottom of the cookies turn golden brown.