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Recipe For Mushahhada (honeycombed)


This is an excerpt from An Anonymous Andalusian Cookbook
(Andalusia, 13th c. - Charles Perry, trans.)
The original source can be found at David Friedman's website

Recipe for Mushahhada (Honeycombed), which is Muthaqqaba (Pierced). The mushahhada is the best of the rafis dishes, all of them, the lightest, the most quickly digested, and the healthiest, because yeast is in it and it is kneaded firmly. Take good semolina and knead it with yeast. Moisten it with water little by little until it becomes slack and like thick hasu, in such a manner that you throw it in the frying-pan and it spreads out over the pan. Cover it and leave it a while. Then go back and do the same thing again until you are done kneading, it rises and you see that bubbles rise. Then set up a ceramic [hantam] frying pan over a hot fire, or an iron frying pan over a moderate fire, and when it has heated, rub it with a cloth soaked in fresh clarified butter or oil. Take up some of the batter in a cup and pour it in the middle, to the desired size, either great or small, and turn over on it a stoneware plate until it is done and pierced, and keep on greasing the pan and pouring dough [rather, batter] until it is used up. Then melt fresh butter and clean honey, and pour them over the mushahhadas in a serving dish, leave it a while until they are proper, sprinkle it with ground sugar, and serve. There are those who add eggs as necessary to the batter.

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