Ka'ak bil Agwa
Ka'ak is a biscuit and Agwa is a date - these are the imaginatively named 'Biscuits with dates', also known as 'Ma'amoul', although these are slightly smaller and more crunchy than Ma'amoul.
These biscuits are addictively moreish. A decisive crunch, then a melt in the mouth crumble, followed by sweet, chewy dates - heavenly! Traditionally made as flattened balls or rolled into fingers, this year I ran a cookery workshop at the wonderful Wimshul Cooks and we had a go at making them Hamentaschen shaped for Purim (there were no Hamentaschen in Sudan). Everyone got creative with their shaping and it worked really well, so have fun!
500g pitted dates
1tbsp. orange blossom water
• Combine all of the ingredients together into a paste using a blender
• Using buttered hands, form a heaped teaspoon of date mixture into a ball and gently flatten the top and bottom of each ball
• Leave to refrigerate while you make the dough
500g plain flour
110ml cold water
Beat the butter and oil together
Form a crumble using the fat and the flour
Add the water to make a dough
Preheat the oven to 170°C
Assemble the biscuits by forming flat circles of dough in the palm of your hand, placing a date ball in the centre of the dough and closing your hand, pinching the top closed to form a ball and rolling in your hands until smooth.
Using tweezers pinch the tops of the balls into a design of your choosing
Bake for 20-25 minutes until the dough has turned a light golden brown and the bottoms have darkened
Leave to cool
Optional: sprinkle with icing sugar