The filling inside the mamoul is what breathes life into it. The outer soft velvety texture of the cookie combined with the crunchy, nutty, sweet and fragrant filling inside kicks it up a notch and one bite of it is enough to place you in the seventh heaven! That is why I love the fillings with nuts – either almonds or walnuts or pistachios or mixed nuts. Pistachio mamouls are my husband’s favourite and mine too.
As for the fillings with dates, I would recommend using finely chopped dates or home made date paste (made with good dates) instead of the store bought one which is mostly stale and is gritty.
One more important ingredient is the orange blossom water. It enhances the taste of the mamoul with its intoxicating fragrance. You cannot do without it. I would say you cannot call it a mamoul if there was no orange blossom water in it.
Using honey and icing sugar with the nuts gives it a crunchy texture.
1 cup Nuts (Pistachios/Almonds/Walnuts/mixed nuts
1/4 cup Icing sugar
2 tbs Honey
1 tbs Orange blossom water
1. Put the nuts in a zip lock bag. Take a pestle or a hammer and pound the nuts coarsely.
2. Transfer them to a bowl. Add a major portion of the icing sugar, saving just a little to dust later.
3. Add orange blosssom water. Mix well with a fork.
4. Drizzle the honey and mix well again.
5. Dust a little more icing sugar from what you saved earlier.
6. Make small rounds of them and keep them ready for stuffing the mamouls.
7. For the dates filling, chop finely or grind the dates. Add orange blossom water, dust with a little icing sugar, mix well and use this for stuffing the maamouls.
8. You can make different variations such as choc chips, sweetened dried coconut etc..and make different fillings with pistachios, walnuts, almonds or with a combination of all nuts together. You can also be creative to do something out of the box such as use chocolate chips, dried apricots, figs or plums etc For the complete maamoul recipe please click here