Date-Filled Pastries (Klaicha)

Date-Filled Pastries (Klaicha)

Prep. 20 mins
Cooking 30 mins
Serving 4
Middle Eastern

INGREDIENTS Measurements

  Date Paste Filling

1 teaspoon active yeast
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 cup warm water
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup clarified butter
Egg, for brushing



  • Shape date filling into small balls the size of hazelnuts.
  • Preheat oven to 190˚C (375˚F).
  • Dissolve yeast and sugar in ¼ cup water and let stand for 5 minutes until foamy.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Add cardamom, yeast mixture, oil, and clarified butter and knead, gradually adding remaining ¾ cup water until dough is smooth and pliable.
  • Roll out dough into a 20 x 40cm (8 x 16in) rectangle.
  • Spread Date Paste mixture evenly over dough. Roll up dough into cylinder. Cut crosswise into 3cm (1½in) slices.
  • Arrange slices on a baking sheet, brush with egg.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden.
  • Let cool. Arrange on a serving plate, and serve.
  • OR shape dough into balls then fill, mould dough around filling


  • Date pastries common in Gulf countries specially in Iraq, and can be filled with chopped nuts or shredded coconuts as well.

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