I’ve been a big fan of the guys at Xawaash (Somali youtube channel) for a long while now; only thing is, i never managed to find the time to try out their countlessly mouthwatering recipes.

This Eid, i decided to finally do it and boy- was it worth it. For those of you who aren’t aware, maamoul is a traditional arabic shortbread/sweet made using a combination of semolina and flour. It’s either filled with dates, pistachios or walnuts and is normally recognised by its distinct pressed patterns formed using traditional maamoul moulds.

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(Photo by Xawaash)

Unfortunately, it was a pain finding these anywhere online in time for Eid. The only ones i could manage to find were plastic ones and ew? I want the authentic hand-carved wooden moulds please.

Seeing as i had no moulds to beautify my sweets, i tried my best to mimic the patterns using a fork. These taste absolutely divine and are not too sweet, meaning you run the risk of munching on a little too many!

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A hamper of these would make a wonderful gift; or they can just be enjoyed as an occasional luxury with tea or coffee by the family.

R E C I P E (By Xawaash)

– See more at: http://xawaash.com/?p=8900#sthash.1GgIId7e.dpuf

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