Sesame Cookies for RamadanLacto
Preparation: several hours
"This recipe is frankly for historical purposes as its yield indicates suitability for commercial or restaurant production rather than home baking. With unusual proportions of butter, oil and honey in the batter, yeast for rising and more oil for frying, making the cookies would be rather daunting were it not for the fact that they help glorify a particularly holy celebration."
- 4 lb Flour
- 3 lb Butter
- 2 lb Sesame seeds;plus additional toasted seeds for sprinkling
- 1 tb Dry yeast dissolved in 1/2 cup water
- 20 g Gum arabic; optional
- 1 tb Saffron stamens
- 1/2 lb Smen; seasoned butter
- 1 tb Cinnamon, ground
- 1 qt Vegetable oil
- 1 qt Vegetable oil; for frying
- 10 lb Honey
- In a food processor process all the ingredients, except the honey, into a paste.
- Take a walnut-sized piece of paste and roll it out very thin. Using a metal cut-out typically found in Morocco, with different designs, cut out cookies and let them rise for 15 minutes. Deep-fry the cookies in the remaining quart of oil in batches over low heat just to brown.
- Soak the cookies in the honey for 15 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.
Source: "The Great Book of Couscous" by Copeland Marks
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