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Recipe Number: 146
Contributor: MARAL
Rating: 10.00 based on 9 votes
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Difficulty: Easy
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2 ounce packages dry yeast
cup warm water
1 cups plus 1 teaspoon sugar
7 cups unbleached all purpose flour
8 TBSP unsalted butter, room temperature
4 jumbo or 5 large eggs
3 TBSP vegetable shortening
4 TBSP vegetable oil
2 TBSP powdered mahleb
cup warm milk
2 egg yolks, whisked together ,for glaze
sesame seeds or poppy seeds
Cooking Instructions:
Mix yeast, water, 1 teaspoon sugar and 2 tablespoons of flour together rill smooth. Proof about 10 minutes, till foamy on top.

Beat eggs together in a large bowl. Add sugar, butter, shortening, 3 tablespoon of vegetable oil and mix. Add mahlab, yeast mixture and alternate with flour and milk. Mix together and knead with a dough hook of an electric mixer, or by hand on a floured work surface till dough is smooth and elastic and does not stick to your hands. If needed add 1/2 cup more of flour.

With remaining 1 Tablespoon oil, grease a large non-aluminium bowl. Place dough in bowl and turn once to coat top with oil. Cover with kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let double (about 2 hours), punch down center, cover let rise again 1 hours then punch down and let rest 10 minutes

Divide dough into 2 equal parts. On a lightly floured work surface divide each part into 20 pieces. Make round balls of dough and place on foil covered baking sheets, Let stand 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 brush with egg yolks and sprinkle with seeds. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes. Check bottoms, if golden it is probably done. Make a note of the length of time to cook to bake till perfectly done and use as a guide for the remaining dough.

Note:the filling is great,but I usually just make shapes with the dough and bake as is.

Anoush ellah J

Serving Suggestions:

1 pound(16 ounce pitted chopped dates)

1 cup chopped walnuts

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon cloves

2-3 tablespoons honey

Additional Comments:
Mix filling together . Flatten out each piece of dough fill centers of each piece, pinch seams together and place on sheet ,seem side down ,and bake as above.

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