Posted on 05/22/2006 by mega1021
Hello all... I found a little baking project for myself over the weekend :)

Kleicha is one of the most popular cookies in the Middle East... they are so good and SO EASY to make! Enjoy!

Kleicha dough

4 cups of flour
2 sticks of butter (at room temp)
1 cup of water
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1.5 teaspoon of cardamon

Mix all of the ingredients. Roll the dough out on to a lightly floured surface to approx. 1" thickness. Cut with cookie cutters and add the filling, crimping the sides to ensure that none of the filling leaks out.

The traditional Kleicha filling uses dates or walnuts. I went for the walnut filling, though I also used Nutella-- my sister and I liked to mix it up! You could also just roll the dough into a crescent shape, sans filling-- these are my favorite and they are really good with Chai tea.

beignet 22nd-May-2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, I am so making this tonight! :)
florafloraflora This looks heavenly!22nd-May-2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
I think I'll be making this tonight too. I found these recipes for date and walnut fillings at http://www.zindamagazine.com/html/archives/1997/zn120897.htm. I would probably opt for rose water in the filling because there's already cardamom in the dough, plus I'll take any excuse to make something with rose water.

Date Filling:

1/2 cup chopped dates
1 tablespoon butter
2-4 powdered cardamons or 1 tablespoon rose water

Cook the dates with the butter for two minutes until it becomes soft. Add the powdered cardamon or rose water.

Nut Filling:

1/2 cup crushed nuts
1 tablespoon sugar
2-4 powdered cardamons or 1 tablespoon rose water

Mix the crushed nuts with the sugar and the powdered cardamon or rose water.
qotsachick84 22nd-May-2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
um...how long do you bake em for!?

mmmm, these sound really yummy.
mega1021 22nd-May-2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
Whoops! Sorry 'bout that-- I was late for a physics lecture and forgot to write the most important step!

Bake at 350 degrees for about 12-15 minutes. If you brush them with a bit of egg wash (1 egg and 1 tablespoon of water), they have a great gleam to them.

And to the comment above, my walnut filling is (from the Chaldean Cookbook)...

1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon milk
3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Blend sugar, butter, salt, milk and nuts. Stir over low heat, add the beaten egg and then cook until it's thick (careful not to scramble!) Take off the heat and add the vanilla.

Here is also a really good coconut filling (though it makes way too much for the dough recipe that I posted!)
4 cups grated coconut
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cardamon
1 tablespoon almond extracxt
2 tablespoons melted butter
Mix until moist.

mega1021 22nd-May-2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
You won't regret it... oh so yummy :)

Dunking in chai is an absolute must, though!
float0n_ 23rd-May-2006 05:14 am (UTC)
Oooomg! You're Chaldean! <3 <3 <3

Where do I get a copy of the Chaldean Cookbook???
mega1021 23rd-May-2006 01:01 pm (UTC)
Yep! Are you Chaldean too?

The Chaldean Cookbook is fabulous. Here's more info...

But it's out of print on amazon :( I found mine at an old book sale a few years back, and then modified most of the recipes with my aunt's tips!
float0n_ 23rd-May-2006 04:31 pm (UTC)
No, I'm not Chaldean. My family is from Detroit and I had a lot of Chaldean friends. It seems though, outside of Michigan, no one else knows what Chaldean is.

I wish that coobook was still in print.
rachelpage 24th-Apr-2015 05:07 am (UTC)
The sweet treat is best when paired with a hot cup of tea.
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