Muakacha (Fillo Delights)

Muakacha (moo-ah-ka-cha) is an Arabic word, meaning “wrinkled.” It is also the name of this Middle Eastern dessert. With ingredients like fillo dough, butter, and custard, how can you go wrong? What more could you possibly want? Nuts, perhaps? Not to worry, nuts make their appearance towards the end of this recipe!

I was not familiar with this recipe until my sister, Beni, told me all about it during my last visit to Chicago. She was introduced to the recipe by one of her friends, now I get to introduce it to you!

We spent many hours in her kitchen trying to make this recipe flawless. We took a hit for the team, and each gained a few pounds in the process… you’re welcome! It took about five batches until we acheived what we were looking for, but it was all worth it!

I made a pan of muakacha and decided to send some to work with Scott. I didn’t want to gain another five pounds keeping it all for myself. Scott emailed me later in the day. The title of the email was “Delights.” In the email, he shared that a co-worker wanted to know what this stuff was called, and wanted the recipe. I told him that his friend needed to subscribe to my blog to get that info. 🙂

I also shared a few pieces with my friend, Cindy, this morning. She posted a picture of them on Facebook to thank me. Guess what she called them? “Delights!” I hope you enjoy these “Fillo Delights” as much as they did!

 



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Muakacha (Fillo Dough Delights)
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Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
muakacha
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in the microwave. Use the butter to grease a large lasagna pan. The pan should be the same width, or length, as the fillo dough.
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  2. Begin by folding one sheet of dough at a time, back and forth, like an accordion, and add to the pan.
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  3. Repeat this step with the remaining sheets. When you're done, the pan should be completely covered by the fillo dough. If not, space the dough out until the pan is covered entirely.
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  4. Pour the remaining butter over the sheets and bake for 15 minutes.
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  5. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs in a medium-sized bowl. Mix in the milk, sugar, vanilla, and rosewater and whisk to combine. Set aside until needed.
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  6. After 15 minutes have elapsed, pour the egg mixtures over the fillo dough, making sure it is evenly distributed.
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  7. Place back in the oven for 35 more minutes, or until the custard is set and dough is golden brown.
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  8. Meanwhile, mix chopped pistachios, cardamom, and sugar in a small bowl and grind in a food processor into a fine texture. Remove pan from the oven and sprinkle with the nuts. Allow to cool before slicing into squares or triangles.
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