[Sca-cooks] al-Bagdadi substitution question

Elaine Koogler kiridono at gmail.com
Mon Jun 7 14:18:07 PDT 2010

I find the flavor of figs somewhat different from that of dates...the latter
has, for me, a darker taste.  I know that dates are, from what I have seen,
more frequently used in sweets like this than dates but both are period and
it should be ok...it would just not be a true redaction of the period


On Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 11:39 AM, Barbara Benson <voxeight at gmail.com> wrote:

> Saluti,
> I am looking at the following recipe for a feast I am doing:
> Urnin wa-khubz al-Abazir
> The way to make urnin is to put three ounces of fresh sesame oil on a
> pound of flour (with a little water). Then make it into cakes, and put
> finely pounded spiced almonds, pistachios and sugar in the middle of
> them. Gather them and stamp them; let there be a mould for them like a
> box. Bake them in t he brick oven. Some people take the necessary
> amount of dates, remove their seeds, knead them with a little
> rosewater, sesame seed and toasted poppy seed and put it inside them.
> As for khubz al-abazir, it is that you put four ounces of sesame oil
> and half a rub of peeled sesame seed on a pound of flour, and knead it
> well. Them bake it in the brick oven and take it up.
> Specifically the Date filled version. While I love dates, I have 2
> large fig trees in my yard and no date trees. I have several pounds of
> dried figs from last year's harvest languishing in my freezer and was
> trying to decide if I could substitute figs for dates. They have
> similar textures and flavor profiles and both were available in the
> time period and region.
> This isn't for an A&S entry, but if it is completely out of line I
> don't want to do it.
> Thank you for your thoughts,
> --
> Serena da Riva
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