Date bread rings

Date bread ring- Chef in disguise

If you walk into any bakery in Amman in the morning, you will be enchanted by the smell of these beautiful date filled bread rings still warm out of the oven. Freshly baked bread alone smells wonderful but it is the added cloud of spices that makes the scent irresistible.

Biting into one of these beautiful date rings feels like biting into a cloud of soft and fluffy bread. The date filling makes it sweet but not overly so , and the spice notes in it transform these bread rings from your everyday rolls to something enchanting.

I love making these for my kids because they can enjoy them for breakfast, in their lunchboxes or as an after school snack. These date rings are also wonderful portable snack when they go out to play or when we are on the road. The best part is, I can make some on the weekend and we get to enjoy them all week long because they keep beautifully when stored in an air-tight container

Date bread rings

Date bread rings

For the dough

4 and 1/2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon cardamom

1 tablespoon instant yeast

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup melted butter

1/4 cup yogurt

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup warm milk

1/2 cup warm water

2 eggs

1 teaspoon white vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla

The date filling

500 grams pitted dates

2 tablespoons melted butter

Cardamom to taste (I usually 1 teaspoon)

Cinnamon to taste (I use 1 tablespoon)

Ground anise (optional) I use 1/2 teaspoon

Egg wash replacement

2 tablespoons (30 ml) (25 gm) (1 oz) milk powder

3 tablespoons (45 ml) lukewarm water

1teaspoon (5 ml) (5 gm) sugar

1/4 teaspoon (1 gm) instant coffee

Prepare the date filling

Simply knead the date puree with the butter and spices

Prepare the dough

In  the bowl of your mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a regular bowl) add 4 cups of the flour (leave the remaining 1/2 cup on the side)

Add the sugar, yeast and cardamom to the flour

Turn the mixer on and add the butter.

Mix until the butter is completely blended into the flour

Add the yogurt, vinegar and vanilla and mix, again until it is completely taken up by the flour mix

Add the eggs, one at a time and mix until they are fully incorporated.

Change into the kneading hook if using your stand mixer or knead by hand

Add the milk and water and knead the dough for 5 minutes

If the dough is too sticky, add the remaining half cup of flour and knead for 5 more minutes.

The dough should be smooth and you need a total kneading time of 10 minutes.

Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover it with cling film or a wet towel and allow it to rise in a warm place until it doubles in size

Gently deflate the dough by pressing on it with the palm of your hand.

Allow it to rest for 15 minutes

To make the date bread rings

Divide the dough into 7 parts

Roll out each part into a semi-rectangle on a lightly floured surface

dough rectangle

Roll a part of the date filling to form a robe that is as long as the long side of your rectangle

date filling

Place the date filling on the dough and roll the dough around it

dough tube

Join the two edges of the tube to form a circle or ring, pinch the edges together (I usually cut 1 cm off each end before joining them, this gives you clean uniform edges that fuse together neatly )

Using a knife or kitchen scissors (scissors do a better job here), make 2 cm cuts  all around the dough ring



Brush the dough rings with the egg replacement or egg wash

Sprinkle with sesame seeds

Allow to rest for 10 minutes

Bake on the middle rack of a 200 C oven until the bottoms are golden brown

Turn on the broiler until the tops are golden brown

Date bread rings

كعك التمر (خبز محشي تمر)

المقادير :

للعجينة :

1/2 4 كوب طحين

4/1 كوب لبن

2/1 ملعقة صغيرة هيل مطحون

1 ملعقة كبيرة خميرة فورية ناعمة

2/1 كوب سكر

4/1 ملعقة صغيرة ملح

3/1 كوب زبدة ذائبه

2/1 كوب حليب دافئ

2/1 كوب ماء دافئ

2 بيضة

1 معلقه صغيره خل ابيض

1 ملغقة صغيرة فانيليا سائلة


نصف كيلو تمر عجوه

2 ملعقه كبيره زبده طريه





2 ملعقه كبيره حليب بودره

ربع كوب ماء او اكثر قليلا

ربع ملعقه صغيره نسكافيه


نضع 4 كوب طحين مع الهيل و الخميرة و السكر و نخلطهم جيدا .

2- نضيف الزبدة و الماء و الحليب و اللبن و البيض ثم نشغل العجانه حتى تتجمع المكونات و تشكل العجينة، اذا كانت لينة نضيف بالتدريج نصف الكوب الباقى من الطحين الى أن تنفصل العجينة عن الجوانب ثم تعجن العجين على الاقل 5 دقائق

3- نغطي العجين و نتركها ترتاح حتى تختمر وتتضاعف .

4- نضغط بيدينا على العجينة بهدوء لنسمح للهواء بالخروج منها ونتركها ربع ساعة ترتاح.

5- نقطعها الى أقسام دائريـة متوسطة(انا اقطعها عادة الى 7 دوائر) ونفرد كل دائرة لتصبح بشكل مستطيل

6- نعجن التمر مع الزبده و البهارات ثم نشكل التمر المعجون على شكل حبل و نضعه على طرف مستطيل العجين من جهه الضلع الاطول

7-نلف العجين حول التمر ليصبح لدينا انبوب من العجين مركزه التمر

8-نلصق طرفي الانبوب ببعضهما ليصبح لدينا دائرة

9-باستخدام السكين أو المقص ( المقص افضل) نقص اطراف العجين دون قطعها بشكل كامل ليصبح شكلها مثل الورده

10-نخلط مكونات التلميع و ندهن الدوائر بخليط التلميع