4 cups Farina (1 box)
2 cups hot rendered butter
1 heaping tsp. baking powder
6 cups flour
1 tsp. mahlab, ground fine
1 pkg. dry yeast
4 to 5 cups warm milk
3 lbs.dates, ground in meat grinder or chopped very fine
Dissolve yeast in 2/3 cup warm water and cover. Combine Farina
and hot butter. Cover and keep warm for 1 hour. Grind dates in
meat grinder and mix with a little butter until smooth enough to
roll into a 1/4 inch thickness about 4 or 5 inches long. Add flour
to Farina mixture and rub thoroughly between hands until smooth and
knead. Add mahlab, yeast, baking powder and warm milk. Mix until
well blended. Cover and set aside to rise for about 1 hour. Cut
dough into 2 inch pieces. Pat dough lengthwise. Place a date roll
on dough and roll into cigar shape. Put ends together to form a
circle. To decorate, pinch top of each with 1 inch width prongs.
Bake in 450 degrees F oven until bottoms are light brown then place under
broiler to brown tops.
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