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Samboosak Hilwah (Triangles W/sweet Almond Filling)

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Category: Desserts, Holiday

 Ingredients List

  • 8 oz Filo dough; 1/2 package;thaw
  • 1/2 c Unsalted butter; melted


1 pn Saffron; soaked in:
2 tb Rosewater
1/2 c Almonds; pulverized with:
1/3 c Sugar
1/2 tb Ground cardamom; to 1 1/2 T

1 Egg; beaten

"This is a sweet version of the meaty triangles popular in the Gulf States
during the holy month of Ramadan."

1. Combine the filling ingredients (saffron, rosewater, almonds, 1/3 c
sugar, and cardamom).

2. Preheat the oven to 375'F. Grease 1 or 2 baking sheets.

3. Cut the defrosted filo strips 2 1/2 to 3 inches wide, stacking and
covering with a slightly dampened towel to prevent drying. Lay 3 to 4
strips on your work surface and brush lightly with melted butter. Layer a
second strip on top of each.

4. Place a tablespoon of the filling toward the bottom right-hand corner of
each strip. Fold that corner diagonally over to the top left-hand corner,
forming a triangle. As you fold, be certain that the side of the strip
lines up perfectly with the folded portion. Then fold straight up. Continue
as if folding a flag, alternately folding the bottom corners in a diagonal
pattern and up. Place on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.

5. Brush the tops of the pastries lightly with a bit of egg and sprinkle
with sugar. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.

Tunisia variation: Substitute grated orange peel for the saffron and
cardamom, and drizzle with sweet syrup after baking.

Lebanon variation: Substitute walnuts for the almonds, cinnamon and nutmeg
for the saffron and cardamom.

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