The mamul are typical biscuits of the Arab culture that bring different peoples together thanks to their simple goodness.
Mamul, better known as ma’mul, are typical sweets from the Middle East . They boast a millenary tradition and are among the few recipes able to bring together peoples belonging to different religions . Muslims, for example, are used to consume them to celebrate the end of Ramadan, Christians for Easter and finally Jews, in various religious celebrations such as Hannukah.
However, the recipe is almost always the same: a shell of crunchy dough, usually shortcrust pastry , stuffed with dates or other fresh or dried fruit then baked in the oven. The shapes vary from area to area: from the classic round to the one that aims to recreate the shape of a date to a very particular one that is obtained by pressing the biscuits into wooden molds . In all cases these Arabic date cookies are really easy to make, so why not try them?
How to prepare mamul with the original recipe
- In a bowl, mix the flour with the butter , two tablespoons of water and two of milk until you get a stick.
- Let it rest and in the meantime dedicate yourself to preparing the filling.
- Stone the dates and chop them coarsely with a knife.
- Put them in a pan with the sugar and rose water and cook until you get a creamy mixture.
- Let it cool before proceeding with the preparation.
- Peel off portions of dough the size of a walnut and flatten them on the palm of your hand.
- Place a teaspoon of filling in the center and close, forming a slightly flattened ball.
- Place the mamul on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and cook at 160 ° C for 30 minutes.
- Once cold, decorate as desired with icing sugar.
These typical Syrian sweets are truly delicious with their rich date-based filling. If you love this kind of recipes, we suggest you also try our almond biscuits , you will not regret it.
Mamuls can be kept in a tin box for over a week .