Kleicha كليجة are often baked for Easter, or for the end of Ramadan.
As you make this recipe, pray for the 3 million displaced Iraqis. Pray they’d hear the gospel and trust in Jesus, and find true comfort and security in him.
240g white flour (or 100g ground almonds + 140g rice flour)
1 tsp salt
6 tbsp coconut oil, melted
4 tbsp syrup or honey
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
- 140g dates
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
1 tsp cocoa powder
4-8 tbsp water
- In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt and spices. Add the melted coconut and honey. Mix until well combined.
- If the dough is not sticking together and looks crumbly, add milk or almond milk, 1 tbsp at a time until it becomes sticky. Place in the fridge and leave to chill for 30 minutes.
- Add the dates, spices and cocoa to a saucepan and add a little bit of water, depending on how dry your dates are.
- Gently warm the saucepan, and mash the dates with a wooden spoon until it all becomes a smooth, thick and sticky mixture. It needs to be thin enough to spread.
- Preheat your oven to 180*C.
- Roll out the dough pastry to an even rectangle 0.5cm thick.
Spread the date filling over the dough leaving a 1cm edge.Roll up the pastry into a large log.
Using a sharp serrated knife, slice into 2.5cm thick pieces.
Bake upright on a tray for 20 minutes.