This is one of Iraq's famous sweets, which has a history that goes
back to the days of the ancient Mesopotamian civilizations.
1 pound soft dates, pitted and finely chopped
1/2 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1/3 cup milk
Place dates, butter, cardamom and cloves in a saucepan, then cook over
low heat, and stir occasionally until dates become a paste. Remove
from the heat, then allow to thoroughly cool.
In the meantime, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in
a mixing bowl, then make a well and add shortening and milk. Knead
dough, adding more milk if necessary, then divide into 4 parts.
Roll one at a time to about 1/4 inch thickness.
Divide date paste into 4 parts, then roll out between 2 sheets of plastic,
the same size as the dough. Remove plastic then place date layer on
dough, then roll into cylinder shape, jellyroll style. Continue process
with the remaining 3 parts of dough. Slice rolls into 1 inch pieces,
then place on greased baking tray.
Bake in 325º F preheated oven for about 25 minutes or until
klaichah begin to turn golden brown. Allow to cool, then place
on serving platter.