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Ma’amoul with Hershey’s Chocolate

Details

Time
3 hours 35 minutes
Skill Level
Expert

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
25 minutes
Bake Time
3 hours

Ingredients

  • 2 cups
    soft dates, pitted and chopped
  • 2 tsp
    sesame seeds
  • 3 tsp
    vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cinnamon, or cardamom
  • 2 cups
    ground walnuts, or pistachios
  • 3/4 cup
    sugar
  • 1/4 cup
    rose water
  • 1/2 cup
    milk
  • 1 cup
    butter
  • 2 cups
    semolina flour
  • 1 cup
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp
    orange blossom water
  • 1 cup
    Hershey’s chocolate bars
  • Additional
  • 1/2 cup
    icing sugar, for serving (optional)
READY TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

Step-By-Step Directions

1

Date Filling

Mix dates, oil, sesame seeds, and cinnamon or cardamom to a paste.

2

Shape into small balls the size of hazelnuts.

3

Nuts Filling

Mix walnuts or pistachios with sugar and rose water.

4

Ma’amoul

Place butter and milk in a saucepan over medium heat, bring to a boil.

5

Mix flour, semolina and sugar in a large bowl.

6

Pour hot milk mixture over flour mixture, stirring with a wooden spoon until cool.

7

Add orange blossom water and rub with your fingertips until fully incorporated.

8

Cover with kitchen towel and let set for at least 3 hours (or preferably overnight).

9

Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).

10

Knead dough by hand for 5 minutes until soft and pliable.

11

Shape dough into walnut-size balls. Press thumb into balls to make cups.

12

Fill cups with dates or a generous teaspoon of nut filling.

13

Mold dough over filling, pressing seams to seal.

14

Shape into discs, press into decorated molds (see photo above), tapping them out onto a work surface.

15

Arrange on a baking sheet, Bake on middle rack of oven for 25 minutes, or until golden.

16

Cool completely.

17

Place Hershey’s dark chocolate chips in a double boiler till it melt, set aside and let cool.

18

Dip Ma’moul in melted chocolate, set on a rack with parchment paper underneath.

19

Sprinkle with powdered sugar (if desired), arrange on a serving plate.