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  • These biscuits appear to be associated with the North African Ka'ek biscuits.
    Ka'ek are round circles biscuits made with flour, baking powder and olive oil (and sugar for the sweet kind). Once the dough is kneaded small pieces are rolled into strips and then made into a ring. In NA there are two varieties, sweet or plain. For the sweet variety you cut tiny slits in the edges of the circle. The plain is left as it is.

    Posted on 21:45 on 27 January
  • This the recipe for Qaghaq tal-gulglien

    Ingredients

    300g plain flour
    15g fresh yeast
    40g butter
    100g caster sugar
    pinch of ground cloves
    u00bd tsp. ground aniseed
    grated rind of 1 orange or tangerine and 1 lemon
    u00bd a lemon
    juice of u00bd an orange or tangerine
    sesame seeds

    Method

    Prepare a yeast sponge, sift 200g of flour into a large basin, cream the yeast with 125ml. warm water 25'C , make a well in the flour and add the liquid, sprinkle over some of the flour from the sides of the basin, cover and leave in a warm place for 60minutes
    rub the butter into the remaining 100g flour, add the sugar, spices, orange and lemon rind, mix this with the sponge, adding the citrus juice, add more warm water if the dough is to dry, ( but it should not be too slack) bring the dough together, then turn on to a work surface and knead for 10 minutes, put to rise, covered in a warm place for at least 1 hour, until doubled in bulk return the dough to the work surface and knock out any air bubbles, divide into 6 or 8 pieces, roll each into a long even sausage but more the width of a chipolata, they should not be too thick, form each into a ring by joining the ends and pressing firmly together, have a plate well covered with sesame seeds amd press each ring down on to the seeds so the top is thickly coated, place on greased baking sheet, cover again and keep in a warm place until doubled in size

    Bake at 200'c/400F/gas 6 for 25-30minutes, until golden brown, cover with a clean tea towel as soon as they come out of the oven and leave until cold, this serve to keep the crust soft.

    Posted on 9:31 on 28 January
  • can you tell me what u00bd is please – or u00bd a lemon – thanks natalie

    Posted on 10:47 on 22 December