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Sharon’s Ba’ba Tamar Recipe

Sharon’s Ba’ba Tamar Recipe

Sharon’s Ba’ba Tamar Recipe

Date Filling
2 cups pitted dates
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons water
1/4 cup crushed walnuts

In a frying pan, over very low heat, combine dates and olive oil. Stir for 5 minutes until the date mixture is soft. Add water and walnuts and stir until it becomes a smooth paste. 

Set aside to cool.

Garnish
3 eggs
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon water
1/2 cup sesame seeds

In a small bowl, beat together the eggs, honey and water. Set aside. 

  • Dough Recipe
    2 packets active dry yeast
    1 tablespoon sugar
    1 teaspoon kosher salt
    2 cups warm water, divided
    7 cups all purpose flour, sifted
    1 cup avocado or vegetable oil
    1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • In a small bowl, add warm water to yeast, sugar and salt. Cover and leave to proof for 10 to 15 minutes. 
  • In a stand mixer, add flour, oil, water, fennel seeds and yeast mixture and mix until a dough is formed. 
  • Remove dough from mixer bowl and knead the dough by hand until it is smooth and stretchy. 
  • Place the dough in an an oiled bowl, then rub some oil on top of the dough. Cover with a kitchen towel, set aside in a warm spot for 1 hour. 
  • Remove the dough and knead for 2 minutes. Return to the bowl and let stand for 25 minutes. 
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Divide the dough into four pieces. Grease hands with oil, pinch the dough into golf ball size balls and roll till smooth. Lay the dough balls on a greased baking sheet.
  • Place a ball of dough into the palm of your hand, make a deep indentation into the dough and place half a tablespoon of date filling in the hole. 
  • Pinch dough closed, dip the ball into the egg mixture, then roll in sesame seeds. 
  • With a small rolling pin, roll the ball flat until it is about 4 inches in diameter. With the end of the rolling pin, make a few indentations in the center of the cookie. Place cookies on a baking sheet. Repeat until all dough and date filling are used. 
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden and crispy.

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