Moroccan culinary tradition offers a wide variety of pastries. These ones are usually served with mint tea as a snack. Kaaks are a sweet treat that everyone loves, flavored with aniseed and cardamom and sometimes orange blossom.
Kaaks are easily found in Moroccan bakeries or tea rooms, but they are also really easy to bake. All you need is to gather these ingredients and follow this recipe by adjusting proportions depending on how many you want. You will need 1kg of flour, 40cl of water, 40cl of oil, 40cl of granulated sugar, ½ cup of toasted sesame seeds, 15g of vanilla sugar, 15cl of baking powder, 1 table spoon of powdered aniseed, 2 table spoons of sesame seeds, 2 table spoons of cardamom, 2 table spoons of orange blossom or a few drops of orange blossom flavor (depending on your taste) and 2 eggs.
First, sieve the flour and than incorporate all the ingredients. Use your hands to mix the paste until you have a relatively homogenous mixture. Separate the paste into 4-inch long and .4-inch wide buns to make the rings that you will decorate with your fork, just like on the picture. Pre-heat your oven at 180°, place the kaaks on a baking tray covered with baking paper and let them sit for half an hour. Using a brush, apply the egg on the cookies and put them in the oven for 30 minutes. You can now enjoy and share a traditional Moroccan moment with your friends, while drinking a mint tea, of course.
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