Recipe: Date Pastry
3 cups all-purpose flour,
1 cup whole milk,
1 egg white,
1/2 cup vegetable oil,
1/2 cup whole milk plain yogurt,
1 Tbs yeast,
2 tsp baking powder,
4-6 Tbs sugar,
1/4 tsp mahlab,
1/2 tsp salt, and
1 Tbs vinegar.
Filling: Baking date paste.
In a KitchenAid, mix all dough ingredients except salt and vinegar, for 3 min. Then add salt and vinegar and mix for an additional 8 min. Spray dough with oil, and cover for 1 hour to rise.
Divide dough into 6-8 pieces. Cover for 15 min.
Working with one at a time, using a rolling pin, make a rectangle. Place date paste roll at the long edge nearest to you, and roll dough over it as shown. Seal edges and connect both ends to form a donut shape and cover while working with the rest of the pieces.
Brush each with an egg wash (egg yolk mixed with 1Tbs vinegar and a pinch of salt). Then sprinkle with any or all of the following toppings: sesame seeds, black seeds, powdered sugar mixed with cinnamon, and coarse sugar, and coarse sugar. You can use date syrup diluted 1:1 with water, instead of egg wash.
With kitchen scissors, snip half way through the dough, about 1/2 inch apart, going all around the outer edge of each circle.
Place in a preheated oven at 400ºF for about 13 min on middle rack, then on top rack for an additional 2-3 min until golden brown.
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