I'm still leaning toward a Middle Eastern origin because of the name.
31 August 2016
The mutabbaq is really intriguing me. Wikipedia failed me because it neglected to mention that mutabbaq is also made in the Levant and is filled with sweet cheese. I have a recipe for it in a Jerusalem cookbook sitting in my shelf. There's a pastry shop in Jerusalem that's been selling it for 150 years- search for Zalatimo's. I certainly ate plenty of sweet cheese desserts in Jerusalem twenty years ago and maybe I had mutabbaq. I even have a sneaking suspicion that I ate it at a Yemeni place in Arlington.
Posted by Amira at 31.8.16