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Makhbouz
Purim pastry from the land of Queen Esther

1 cup flour
2 TBS butter
1 egg
2 TBS yoghurt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar

Combine all ingredients and knead. Cover and let rise 1 hour.
Roll out dough into 1/8" thickness. Cut into 3" rounds. Fill with
any of the following fillings. Close to semi-circle and crimp closed
with fork. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until slightly brown


Almond Filling

1 cup chopped peeled almonds
1 tsp cardamom
about 1 cup confectioners sugar

Grind almonds, mix with cardamom, and add sugar to desired sweetness.


Date Filling

1/2 lb pitted dates
2 TBS vegetable oil
1 egg yolk
sesame seeds

Combine date and oil over low heat in a saucepan. When soft, shape
into small balls and fill dough. Dip pastry in egg yolk and then
in sesame seeds. Bake as above


Cheese Filling

1/4 lb grated feta cheese
1 TBS cream cheese
1 egg
1 TBS flour

Combine all ingredients and fill prepared dough

Note: the almond filling can be used for cookies. Make small balls
and pat into circles. Set in oven on low heat to lightly brown.

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