Sunday, March 26, 2017

Ma'moul Cookie Mold And Recipe

Ma'moul Cookie Mold

Ma'moul Cookie Mold

$ 14.00      
You've been asking, and here it is! This wooden mold is used to shape ma'moul, beautiful Lebanese butter or semolina cookies traditionally filled with walnuts, pistachios, or dates.  Shape is for a 2-inch round domed ma'moul with ridges and/or circles. Design varies.  Available at Maureen

For the dough:
1 cup clarified unsalted butter, softened to cool room temp
½ teaspoon vanilla
1½ teaspoons orange blossom water, divided
6 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
2 cups plus a few tablespoons all-purpose, unbleached four, sifted
1 tablespoon milk
2 cups walnuts
1 cup confectioner's sugar, for finishing

Using a hand-held or stand mixer, beat the butter until it is light, fluffy, and holding peaks like whipped cream, about 6 minutes. Enjoy the beauty. Add the vanilla, ½ teaspoon of the orange blossom water, and 3 tablespoons of the sugar and beat for another couple of minutes.

Sift in the flour and gently incorporate it into the butter with a wooden spoon. Add the milk, and then add more flour by the tablespoon until, as Sitto says, “the dough is ready to shape.” That means you should be able to make a ball that will flatten in your floured palm without melting into your hand or without cracking. Get your hands into the dough and knead it for a minute or two. Chill the dough for 30 minutes.

Make the filling by processing the nuts until they are nearly-finely ground. Don’t take them too far or they will become paste. The nuts can also be finely chopped by hand. In a small bowl, combine the nuts with 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon orange blossom water, using your fingers to evenly distribute everything.

Line two heavy baking sheets with parchment or Silpats. Pre-heat the oven to 325⁰F.

To form the ma’moul, pinch off about a tablespoon, walnut-sized piece of the chilled dough (larger or smaller depending on the size of your mold. A few tries will tell you how much to use). Flour the palm of your hand to prevent the dough from sticking, and flatten the dough in your palm to make a small (about 2-inch) round. Place about a teaspoon of the walnut filling in the center of the dough, then fold it over like a crescent and seal the edges. Stretch the dough a little to get the dough over the nuts to seal.

Flour the ma’moul mold generously so that all grooves are coated. Gently nestle the stuffed dough, seam-side up (facing you), into the mold cavity. Using a light touch, press the dough into the mold—it doesn’t take much for the dough to assume the form of the mold. Flatten the exposed dough and wipe away any access with your fingers, making sure that the edge of the molded shape is clear of dough, for a defined cookie edge. You will get a feel for how much dough your mold takes, and how much filling you need, as you make a few of the cookies.

Turn the mold over and slam it against the work surface until the cookie falls out. If you need to keep slamming to work out any stress in your life, have at it.

Repeat this process with the remaining dough and cookies, moving the cookies to the sheet pans. If the dome of your cookies doesn't seem tall enough, plump them up by nudging the dough around the base of each cookie in a bit.

Bake one pan of cookies at a time, until they are still mostly white but golden on the bottom. Check them by lifting one with a flat metal spatula after 15 minutes, and then again every minute or so for about 20 minutes, depending on the size of your cookies.

Sift confectioner’s sugar over the cookies lightly while they are still warm, and then again when they are room temperature. Store them in an airtight container, where they will stay nice for at least one week.

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