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Prep Time
1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 50 mins
Ka'ak is a traditional Yemeni brioche but it also defines different bakery or pastry recipes available in the Arab world.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Vegetarian, Yemenite
Servings: 18 ka'ak
Author: Vera Abitbol
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter (soft)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup milk (warm)
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
For the topping
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • Black sesame seeds
  1. Mix yeast, icing sugar and half the milk.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix flour, butter, whole eggs, egg whites, sugar, salt, yeast mixture and knead for 10 minutes by incorporating the remaining milk gradually.

  3. Cover the dough and let it rise for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 F (190˚C) and shape ka'ak as shown in the video, or simply shape ka'ak as round balls. Cover and let rise for another 30 minutes.

  5. Prepare the egg wash by mixing milk and two egg yolks. Brush ka'ak and sprinkle black sesame seeds.
  6. Cook for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.