Manenas Cookies

Manenas

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seeds are used liberally all through the Center East as ornamentation on
baked items, says Juliet Borowiec, who grew to become immersed within the tradition
after dwelling and touring there extensively together with her journalist
husband, Andrew. Now dwelling in Cyprus, she realized to make manenas from
her Cairo-born mother-in-law. Balls of buttery pastry are full of
dried fruits and nuts and topped with sesame seeds.

Yield: 24 cookies • Preparation time: 30 minutes, plus baking time

Shelf life: a minimum of three days

For the filling:

5 ounces blended dried apricots and dates

three ounces blended shelled almonds, hazelnuts and pistachios

1½ tablespoons unsalted butter

1 teaspoon orange flower water

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon floor cumin

½ teaspoon floor cardamom

beneficiant pinch nutmeg

zest of 1 small tangerine, finely grated, divided

For the pastry:

eight ounces all-purpose flour

5½ ounces (11 tablespoons)unsalted butter, softened

¼ cup superfine sugar

1 giant egg

1 tablespoon orange flower water

½ teaspoon salt

tangerine zest reserved from filling

1 egg yolk crushed with 1 tablespoon milk

½ cup evenly toasted sesame seeds

1. Warmth oven to 325 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2.
Put together the filling: Within the bowl of a meals processor fitted with a
metal chopping blade, mix the apricots, dates, nuts, butter, orange
flower water, salt, cumin, cardamom, nutmeg and half of the tangerine
zest. Pulse till the combination resembles positive meal. Take away, roll the
filling into 24 one-inch balls, and put aside.

three. Put together the
pastry: In a bowl, mix the flour and butter collectively till the combination
resembles positive meal. Add the sugar, egg, orange flower water, salt and
the tangerine zest remaining from the filling, and blend till properly
blended. Divide the dough in half. Roll every portion right into a log about 12
inches lengthy, and reduce into 12 equal slices. Roll every slice right into a ball
and make a beneficiant indentation along with your thumb within the heart of every. 

four.
Place a ball of filling in every dough slice heart. Work dough round
the filling, overlaying it utterly. Chill dough balls till agency, 5 to
10 minutes. With the tines of a fork, press a design across the outdoors
edge and on the highest of the pastry. Brush the higher half of every cookie
with the crushed egg yolk combination, dip the highest into the sesame seeds, and
place on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining balls of dough.
Bake till evenly coloured, 30 to 35 minutes, take away to a rack to chill,
and retailer in an hermetic container.

NUTRITIONAL DATA (per cookie): Energy: 150; Ldl cholesterol: 30 mg; Sodium: 55 mg; Fats: 10 g; Dietary Fiber: 1 g

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Joanna Pruess is a daily contributor to Specialty Meals Journal.

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