Kleicha is a date pastry, spiced with cardamom and walnuts, usually served during religious holidays in Iraq. Iraqi Christians serve them during Christmas and Easter and Iraqi Muslims serve them during Eid.
Growing up, I remember waking up in the morning and helping my mum bake trays of them and give them out to neighbours, family and friends. I loved sneaking a few mouthfuls when they were still warm. And they are the perfect combination of sweet, doughy and fragrant. It is sure to bring the biggest smile to your face, especially on Eid morning after a month of fasting!
These date pastries are popular across the Middle East in various varieties but here is my family recipe and how to make it.
To make the pastry:
Alternatively, you can use a shop-bought short-crust pastry if you prefer.
Enjoy and Eid Mubarak!
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