I made these yesterday. Lovely snack for tea By the way I also love the curvy plate . Bake cookies in a preheated 425 degrees F oven for 15 minutes or until golden. Note: Mahlab is a spice extracted from the inner pit of the black cherries in Lebanon; it comes in seeds, which can be ground in a coffee grinder, or in powder form; it is sold at all Middle-Eastern stores and online. Here I used a grape molasses from the store made in Turkey. Out comes a wonderful thick,  caramel colored molasses that tastes sweet and reminiscent of pumpkin. Located in Mazraa, Beirut. I’ve made similar looking Greek cookies once and they were delicious. Using a cookie cutter, cut out a ring from the narrow part of the rolled dough. A très bientôt. Serves Kaak, Saj. I had never made kaik before. See more ideas about arabic food, middle eastern desserts, middle eastern recipes. Joumana, My mother and grandmother always made what they called Ka’ak. These cookies are sold in Beirut in every pastry shop as they have come back in vogue and are advertised as healthy, natural and good for people with diabetes. Place the According to the Arsali, "kaak khamis" or Thursday cookies also known as sweet cookies (kaak helo) are prepared on Thursday preceding Holy Friday. Eat it on the go with or without filling, it costs a few pennies and satiates hunger. Beautiful picture it makes me want to have Kaa’ak now!! Most of the countries alongside the Eastern Mediterranean basin still make grape molasses. You can buy the molasses online as well. Gather all the dry ingredients and set aside. Take a large piece of dough and roll it on the counter into a rope. Kaak is not a supermarket type of bread; it is street food, it is out there with the human hustle bustle. The aroma of the various spices used here filled the house with a beautiful scent of mastic, anise and nutmeg that reminded me of fall! Incorporate the risen yeast with the dough and continue mixing by hand. Cut the dough in half. For best results, allow the dough to rest at least 3 hours before baking. they look perfect . Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. LEBANESE STREET FOOD GUIDE: THE KAAK BREAD (BAGEL) Ka’ak (pronounced Kah-ek) is a ring-shaped bread, just like its popular American counterpart, the bagel, that’s baked and covered with sesame seeds. I had my Aunt in Greece mail me some Happy Palm Sunday. They were very good. I like anything with mahleb in it! Yields 30 Servings Prep Time 45 mins Cook Time 15 mins Total Time 1 hr 2.2 lbs (1 kg) flour Mahlab is something new for me. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, mahleb or aniseed and baking powder (if using). In a small saucepan, melt butter over low heat. https://www.mariamroze.com/2018/03/abbas-cookieskaak-al-abbas-recipe.html Add the powdered sugar and mix thoroughly. Bring the two ends together to form a ring. Even if they are ‘healthy’ they look delicious! Form each piece into a cookie. Have a wonderful Easter week! This recipe was the result of many trial and error recipes that my sister-in-law Siham and I came up with. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Hot pita smothered in butter, Laban, Labneh, coosa, Lubie, grape leaves and then at Pascha, EASTER COOKIES! This recipe takes time to prepare however, if you get all your ingredients measured ahead, you’ll get it done in no time. Place the instant yeast in a cup with 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/4 cup warm water. Kaak-Bel-Ajweh-Lebanese Crown Cookies. @Mariam: You can use a dark honey. Let it rise. The Lebanese, take kaak for granted, it belongs to daily life. April 17, 2011  •  Category: Cookies, Sweet Pastries, Dessert. https://www.mariamroze.com/2018/02/anise-cookie-ring-kaak-b-yansoon.html I can imagine they are good for you… and must taste like heaven, and like your homeland. Not easily found here…but oh I wish I could find these beautiful cookies. This is a two syllable word with a very subtle distinction between the syllables (kah-ick). https://www.karenskitchenstories.com/2017/06/kaak-beirut-street-bread.html The recipe itself looks most interesting. By-the-bye, did try that wonderful asparagus tart – tell your daughter it was a hit in MN! @Susan: I used half a teaspoon (I was guessing too since the recipe did not have any and I prefer to use it). Those Ka’ak look gorgeous! My love of lebanese food was born then. Copyright © 2020 Majda's Mediterranean Menue. Most often food is either grilled baked or sauteed in olive oil and only some desserts use cream and butter. The very best traditional Lebanese Easter food is the Easter cookies. I have just made these recently on my blog. Mix the dry ingredients slowly with the butter and whip after each addition. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Kaak el Eid / Party Cookies Recipe - LEBANESE RECIPES 12/22/17 02:08 Makes about 50 Ka'k el-eid are delicious ring-shaped cookies with a rather exotic taste imparted by the mastic and spices. The ingredients are really interesting and of course it is wholewheat so this one’s something I would like to try. 0 Shares. These sounds delicious – very similar to Greek cookies. The cookies must taste good with all the yummie things in it. Add warm milk as needed (about 1 cup or so) until you feel the dough is soft. En attendant, je t’en pique un. Maamoul Mad Bil Tamer/Stuffed Bars with Dates, Lebanese Peas and Carrots Stew (Bazilla w Jazzar), Oyoun Al Maha Cookies عيون المها, Chiffon Cake with Italian Buttercream Icing, Lentil & Swiss Chard Soup (Adas Bi Hamod), Baked Salmon on Cedar Plank with Fingerling Potatoes, 1 teaspoon Mahlab (found at middle eastern stores), 1 teaspoon Mastic (miski) found at middle eastern stores, 2 1/2 teaspoons cookies spices (powder, see photo). I always appreciate the use of sweetners other than sugar. I am the mother of two grown children and a former school teacher, pastry chef, caterer and translator. Method:            Makes about 175 cookies. Traditional Lebanese sweet bread Kaak (Ka’ik) which can be eaten at anytime of the day, toasted for breakfast, with a cup of tea, or as a dessert with a cup of coffee. Lebanese Kaak (cookies) Traditionally in Lebanon, Kaak is prepared for special holidays like Easter, Eid al Fitr, Adha or other occasions but I make it quite often and freeze the baked cookies till ready to serve. They are so fitting for Palm Sunday. They used to buy them from a bakery in Beruit. I have been teaching my grandson, 8 years old, how to cook Lebanese food for a couple of years now. These sound so aromatic and tasty – gorgeous recipe! I have already tried some dishes from the Lebanese cuisine. I love the flavor of mahlab. Punch down and cut into pieces and roll to shape into rings or figure eights, placing on baking sheet as you work. https://hadiaslebanesecuisine.com/newsite/recipe-items/lebanese-sweet-kaak lovely cookies and photos. Preheat oven to 200˚C. Your email address will not be published. I was wondering how much baking soda you’re suppose to use. Here is a recipe for delicious lebanese ring cookies covered with sesame seeds. I’d love to try this recipe, but what can I use instead of grape molasses and still get the authentic Lebanese taste? C’est peut-être l’occasion. I’d never heard of these cookies, but they look lovely! The baked cookie came out crispy, flavorful and delicious. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly by hand. A handbag-like shape savory roll covered with sesame seeds – crispy on the outside and chewy a bit when eating, baked in a flame oven and sold through cart vendors in Beirut … For Christians, kaak and maamoul represents much more than just a cookie, I was told that their shape of the kaak is a representation of Jesus’ thorn crown and the maamoul his tomb stone. Traditionally in Lebanon, Kaak is prepared for special holidays like Easter, Eid al Fitr, Adha or other occasions but I make it quite  often and freeze the baked cookies till ready to serve. Serve it with a cup of hot tea or Arabic coffee and enjoy. Total servings: 5 kilo… Lebanese Desserts Lebanese Recipes Turkish Recipes Persian Recipes Lebanese Cuisine Arabic Dessert Arabic Food Arabic Sweets Coconut Cookies. Some recipes call for the dough to rest overnight, but I’m not too patient when it comes to checking out the fruits of my baking labor so all I could wait is 3 hours! https://cookpad.com/.../801356-kaak-bi-halib-delicious-milk-based-cookies Cost LBP10000 for two people (approx.) Pin. They are apparently made in the  village of Qartaba, with local grape molasses and olive oil, in celebration of Palm Sunday. Gorgeous! Stir in sugar and water; continue stirring to dissolve … Learn how your comment data is processed. Slightly pull the dough to elongate the shape and place it on the prepared baking sheet. If you are a human, do not fill in this field. Kaak alasreya/ Kaak/ Lebanese Street Bread, the quintessential Lebanese street bread! (see photo). I love the photos accompanying this recipe. Lebanon, officially the Lebanese Republic is a country in Western Asia. When baking sheet is full, cover with cloth and let rise again for about 30 minutes. You didn’t list in the recipe how much to use. I love the shape of them. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Kaak and maamoul is an ancient cookie that inaugurates Easter and Eid in the Middle East that is a shortbread filled with date paste or chopped walnuts and pistachios. Jul 19, 2020 - Explore Bedelia Urbaniak's board "Lebanese cookies" on Pinterest. Anise Cookies (kaak bi yansoon) Anise cookies are traditional Lebanese cookies that are prepared by combining flour, sugar, milk, eggs, mahlab (ground sour cherry pits), anise seeds and ground with butter. These cookies look delicious. Grape molasses? I never had anything with grape molasses…sounds interesting. Kaak de safi : biscuits secs à l’anis . I am sure that would be great with tea Have a great week ahead! I tried to get that mahlab and they didn’t have it… best to keep trying because I imagine it makes a difference in cookies like these… that look awesome, btw. Line two large, flat oven trays with baking paper. I would love them with some ginger tea . Grape molasses is something I must try – I actually do love slightly dry cookies with a crunch. A friend got us some from Detroit the other day but they weren’t exactly the same that we used to have in Lebanon.. I’ll definitely have to try this recipe out one day thank you. (see photo). (Of course, it is a far cry from the homemade version). Required fields are marked *. This recipe was the result of many trial and error recipes that my sister-in-law Siham and I came up with. Press the top of the rolled cookie in toasted sesame seeds (if desired). It’s a childhood favorite we used to buy it from the bakery on our way home from school. Big quantities of cookies are usually prepared and baked. My husband said they reminded him of his childhood. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. I have read that traditionally they are shaped in a circle but my mom always made them in a figure eight. Every year, we get a few jars of molasses  from our grapes; the grapes are taken to the village press. In a stand mixer, whip the softened butter and Crisco until light and fluffy. crunch crunch crunch..wish i had some…no leavening agents?? I’d have loved to have some for Palm Sunday, but, oh, they’re perfect for any occasion! In our Lebanese cuisine they are named kaak, this is one of the https://www.fashionedible.com/recipe-for-kaak-bi-haleeb-milk-cookies Slice the rolled dough with a knife into many pieces. Baked and cooled cookies can be kept in freezer. Sounds similar to our Koulourakia…great for dunking in coffee or tea. Unlike the American bagel, however, the Ka’ak is larger and according to the kids, looks more like the top part of a key. Pour the oil, margarine, and water, and knead until a smooth dough forms. www.papafoodmachine.com manager@papamachine.com mob/whatsapp: 0086 13795222410 Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper In a large bowl, combine the almond meal, tahini, erythritol, egg, coconut oil, baking soda, almond extract, anise seeds, sesame seeds, kaak spice, baking soda, water and turmeric powder. I completed high school in France and moved to the US in 1979. Jolis kaaks, et j’apprends bien de choses sur la cuisine libanaise dans ton blog. It shares its boundaries with Syria in north and east, Israel in south. Taste of Beirut started as a blog in 2009 and its main purpose was to share my beloved Lebanese heritage with the world through recipes, anecdotes, and cultural tidbits. Fill in this browser for the next time i comment am the mother of grown. 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