It's nutty, slightly sour flavor is found in a lot of traditional sweet breads throughout the Middle East, like Greek tsoureki and Turkish kahvalti corekleri. Even if the recipe doesn't specifically call for it, try adding a scant teaspoon per cup of flour in your favorite sweet breads!
Like nutmeg and cinnamon, this spice can do double duty in savory dishes as well. Whole seeds can be added to a hearty braise or use the ground spice in spice rubs and marinades. We think this flavor would go especially well with lamb.
Here are a few sources for the spice and recipes to try!
• Mahlab seeds, $3.15 for a 1 ounce jar at Penzeys
• More about mahlab at Chow.com
• Tsoureki Greek Easter Bread from Chow.com
• Armenian Brioche filled with Dates, Honey and Walnuts from The Perfect Pantry
• Lebanese Bread Rings with Sesame and Mahlab from a Taste of Beirut
Have you ever cooked with this spice?