Posted by: Fruffy 06-29-99 5:43 AM


2-1/2 pounds dates, ground
1-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup ground nuts (optional)
1/8 pound margarine

3/4 pound margarine plus 1/2 of one quarter pound more
3 cups semolina (cream of wheat can be used)
3 cups flour
1 cup tap water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Prepare Filling: Mix all ingredients for filling. Roll into a sausage shape between 1/4" to 1/2" thick. Bake at 350 F on ungreased cookie sheet for 25 to 30 minutes. They shouldn't be too golden. Sprinkle with powdered sugar while still warm. May be frozen before baking.

Prepare Pastry: Place first 3 ingredients for pastry in a mixing bowl. Mix with 2 knives in a crossing motion, with palms of your hands or with a pastry cutter until mix is consistency of thick sand. Add water and continue mixing by hand.

Throw dough on a pastry board or table several times. Roll out to 1/4" thickness and cut into strips.

Place filling sausage in center of strip and fold over ends pinching at top. Cut to about 2-1/2" to 3" long and pinch pastry ends to close.

Use a maamul pincher or a pair of eyebrow tweezers to pinch along top to decorate.

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