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Eid Recipe: Klaicha (date-filled pastry)

Makes 20-25

Preparation time 30 mins to 1 hour

Cooking time 30 mins to 1 hour


500g/17½oz plain flour

80g/2¾oz caster sugar

250g/8¾oz unsalted butter, cubed

3 tsp rosewater

60ml/2¼fl oz water

250g/8¾oz stoned dates

2 tbsp butter


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/360F/Gas 4.

2. Make the pastry by rubbing the butter into the flour and sugar.

3. Sprinkle over the rose water, add the water and mix to make a firm dough.

4. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and leave to chill in the fridge while you prepare the dates.

5. Chop the stoned dates and sauté them in butter.

6. When the dates are cool, take some of the pastry dough and make a round ball the size of a large walnut. Flatten in the hands, add some cooled dates and fold over into a small crescent.

7. Prick the edges with a fork.

8. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.

Source: Adapted from a recipe by Tess Mallos in 'The Complete Middle East Cookbook', published by Grub Street.

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