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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Traditional Arabic Cookies Recipe: Oyoun Al Maha ( Eye Of The Gazelle)



This recipe belongs to the traditional Arabic desserts section. As such, it depends on sugar syrup for the sweet flavour. You can find the sugar syrup recipe on this link. If you wish to reduce its sweetness, add 100g of sugar to the ingredients and omit the sugar syrup.

You Need
1 cup semolina
1 cup flour
100g butter, softened
1/2 cup yogurt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder

Mix all the dry ingredients together then rub them with the softened butter. 

Add the yogurt and mix well into the dough, then knead. (This step can be carried out using the stand mixer with the dough hook)

Divide the dough into small balls, then roll into small tubes or as I tell my kids: little snakes! Press the edges together, keeping the centre separated to form a shape that resembles an eye.

Line the shaped cookies on a parchment covered baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven (350F/ 180C) until golden.

Remove from the oven and drench with sugar syprup while still hot, then leave to cool completely. Once cooled, line on a serving plate and keep covered. 
Lasts up to 1 week.

Devour with tea :)


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