I’ve heard once that Feteer meshaltet’s history goes back to the ancients Egyptians when it was called Feteer Maltoot and it was given as an offering to the Egyptian Gods these days.
As time went by meshaltet became one of the main dishes in the Egyptian cuisine. It is said that during the Mamlouk era – which was known for lots of desserts- feteer spread to Europe and was shaped as a crescent which then became very popular as the well-known croissant.
It represents generosity and affection. Nowadays, it is a dish that is asked by kings and presidents who visit Egypt. When I visit Egypt you can find so many restaurants making it but the best one in made in the countryside by farmers’ wives. It can be enjoyed in so many ways, so let’s start.
You will need :
- 4 cups of white all purpose flour.
- 2 cups of water ( +/- depending on the type of flour you are using.)
- A dash of salt.
- Melted butter – almost a full cup.
First, mix the flour and salt and add the first cup of water and knead very well then add the remaining bit by bit until you get a dough that is very very elastic so you can pull it and it won’t be torn.
Divide the dough into 6 balls, grease a deep dish and put the balls in it then brush the surface with more oil. I like immersing them in olive oil so it won’t loose its elasticity and be easier to roll.
Let it rest for 15 min. and turn your oven on to the highest degree possible, mine was 550 F.
Start by rolling the first ball to be very very thin that you can see your counter top through, brush the surface generously with melted butter.
Fold the dough in any shape you like – usually circular- and brush with butter as you fold. Place it aside and start rolling the next ball.
Roll the second one and brush as you’ve done with the first ball. Place the already done one folded side down then fold the outer one and brush with more butter as you fold.
Keep doing this for the third ball too then brush all with more butter and place it in your baking dish. Place it in the pre-heated oven for 15 minutes , turn midway. Turn the broiler on to brown it. When it is done add little butter on top and cover so it won’t get dry.
We will end up with two rounded babes each made with 3 of the dough balls.
Enjoy with several side dishes such as Honey, cheese, molases, chocolate syrup, hummus, harissa …..etc
Or just sprinkle with powdered sugar, the choices are endless.