Macaroon Kashab, Glazed Sesame Seed Macaroons
FROM THE RALPH NADER AND FAMILY COOKBOOK: CLASSIC RECIPES FROM LEBANON AND BEYOND by Ralph Nader, copyright 2020 by Ralph Nader, used with permission of Akashic Books (akashicbooks.com).
INGREDIENTS FOR MACAROONS
- 1 or 2 .6-ounce cakes of yeast 2 for quicker results
- 1 cup lukewarm milk
- 10 cups unbleached white flour
- 2 cups sesame seeds optional: slightly toast in oven
- 2 1/2 cups olive oil
- 5 eggs whisked
- 4 tablespoons anise seed
- 1 tablespoon mahlab
INGREDIENTS FOR SYRUP
- 5 cups white sugar
- 1 1/2 cups cold water
- juice of 2 lemons
- 1 1/2 tablespoons orange blossom
PREPARE THE MACAROONS
Dissolve yeast cakes in milk.
In a large bowl, mix flour and sesame seeds. Thoroughly combine anise seed
and mahlab in a blender together and add to the flour mixture.
Add olive oil and whisked eggs to flour mixture.
Knead all the ingredients well (but not hard) for about 15 minutes until the bowl is clean on the sides. The dough should be a little loose.
Cover and let the dough rise for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
After the dough has risen, form 2 handfuls into a big, long, rounded shape on the worktable, about 2 feet long. Cut the dough into 1-inch pieces.
To form a macaroon, gently press each 1-inch piece against the grain on a flat cheese grater to create a pattern. Carefully roll the dough off the grater in one motion with the back of your fingers, forming a macaroon about the shape of a forefinger. Place onto a cookie sheet with the overlap facing down.
Bake for about 25 minutes. The macaroons are finished when slightly brown.
PREPARE SYRUP FOR GLAZE
While macaroons are baking, dissolve sugar and water. Add lemon juice. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and boil for 3–4 minutes. Add orange blossom water.
With a slotted spoon, dip cooked macaroons in hot syrup to glaze as soon as they are removed from the oven. Remove from glaze and place in a colander sitting in a larger bowl to permit the macaroons to drain slightly before being placed on a platter.
If macaroons are being stored for future eating, use wax paper between layers to prevent them from sticking to each other.