Mahlab is used in small quantities to sharpen sweet foods. Even when the recipe does not include mahlab in its ingredients, try adding just a pinch per cup of flour to your favorite sweet bread. Just like nutmeg and cinnamon, this spice can be added to savory dishes as well. Whole seeds can be added to a rich stew, or you can use ground mahlab in spice blends, rub it on meats or add it to marinades. Its flavor pairs really well with the lamb.