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30/06/2014

Tcharek - Algerian Crescent Shaped Pastries Filled With Dates

algerian tcharek/ tcherek - date stuffed crescent cookies recipe | Halal Home Cooking
As-Salaamu Alaykum,

I will keep this short and super sweet by going straight to the recipe.

algerian tcharek/ tcherek - date stuffed crescent cookies recipe | Halal Home Cooking

Tcharek With Dates

adapted from couscous and pudding
makes: approximately 36
UK cup measurement used 

Ingredients

4 cup plain flour
2 tablespoon icing sugar
1 cup ghee, melted
1/2 tsp halal vanilla extract
2 tablespoon orange blossom water
1 cup cold water*

filling

1 kilogram date paste 
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (cassia)
2-3 tablespoon orange blossom water

syrup, optional
icing sugar, optional

Method

  1. Make the pastry - Place flour and icing sugar in a large bowl, melt ghee then add to bowl along with vanilla and mix with your hand, slowly add orange blossom water and cold water in same way with your hand until a soft not dry dough is achieved. * you may need more or less water. Cover and set aside to rest for 1 hour.
  2. Prepare filling - In a medium size bowl place all of the filling ingredients and mix with your hand until combined. Cover and set aside. 
  3. Make syrup - 2 cup water to 1 cup sugar, bring to boil add 1 tablespoon orange blossom and squeeze of lemon juice, simmer until light syrup formed about 15-20 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  4. Make Pastries - Pre-heat oven to 180C. Take balls of dough and roll out (no need to put flour on surface) until about 1/4cm thick cut out circle using a 9cm cookie/biscuit cutter. Place a 25-30 grams date paste shaped sausage in the centre of your circle and fold bottom of pastry over it making sure all date paste is covered then roll over remainder of pastry circle, pinch to seal and  further roll to ensure seal and even out date paste. Shape into crescent by using a clean bottle top, place into centre and curve pastry around it. For a photo step by step on how to shape check out the teal tadjine
  5. Bake pastries - Once you have filled 1 baking sheet with tcharek bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and leave to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes and then place pastries on cooling rack to cool completely. You will fill about 3 baking sheets so will have to cook your pastries in batches.
  6. Sugar Coating(Optional) - Once the pastries have cooled you can eat them as is OR you can dip in syrup, remove excess with finger then cover in powdered sugar. Or why not try making glacé icing and drizzle it over each pastry. Choice is yours. 
Here are some more recent photos from my Ramadan batch
algerian tcharek/ tcherek - date stuffed crescent cookies recipe | Halal Home Cooking
algerian tcharek/ tcherek - date stuffed crescent cookies recipe | Halal Home Cookingalgerian tcharek/ tcherek - date stuffed crescent cookies recipe | Halal Home Cooking
If you can't find date paste where you live then you can make  Karimas homemade date paste for this recipe you will need to make 3 and 1/3 batches.

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10 Comments:

At 30 June 2014 at 18:45 , Blogger Kelly H said...

These look lovely sis :) & sweet but good for you! xx

 
At 30 June 2014 at 20:59 , Blogger Umm Hamza Harley said...

Thank you sis they are really moreish. I'm sure Algerians make them better looking than mine lol i can but try. xxx

 
At 3 July 2014 at 15:21 , Blogger Aiza said...

Amazing photography- and I think I'm starting to recognise bits of Algerian culture.

 
At 3 July 2014 at 17:38 , Blogger Umm Hamza Harley said...

Thank you habibati not bad for a point and shoot can't wait to save up for a dslr, which model do you have?

 
At 4 July 2014 at 00:59 , Blogger Amira Ibraheem said...

Mashaa Allah, your cookies looks so delicious. I'm drooling here girl :)

 
At 4 July 2014 at 11:55 , Blogger Umm Hamza Harley said...

Jazak Allahu Khairan Amira

 
At 4 July 2014 at 19:12 , Blogger Sadaf | Chef in Frame said...

MashaAllah Gorgeous pics and that's really is interesting idea to make the dates even more delicate and yummy. :)

 
At 4 July 2014 at 22:24 , Blogger Umm Hamza Harley said...

Jazak Allahu Khair Sadaf, most people make them with an almond / marzipan like filling but for my husband and I we love the date paste version.

 
At 7 July 2014 at 17:06 , Blogger Aiza said...

Nothing expensive. A entry level Canon, EOS 1100D. And I love it for now.

 
At 7 July 2014 at 20:10 , Blogger Umm Hamza Harley said...

Jazak Allahu Khair

 

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