August 3rd, 2014
This post is about sweets I prepared for Eid Al-Fitr (The Eid that comes after Ramadan).
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If you click the link above you will read the post about how to make sha’eebiyyat. You will notice that the weight of each piece of dough is 50 g, but for Eid my mom made the pieces of dough smaller which is 25 g.
Above: Nammourah Esfanjiyeh
Ma’amoul are small shortbread pastries filled with dates, pistachios, or walnuts. They are prepared using special wooden molds. See the picture of molds here.
The dough is prepared from flour, smid farkha (semolina flour), butter, powdered milk, confectioner sugar, orange blossom water, and rose water.
Above: Ma’amoul Bel-Fustuq Al-Halabi
Ma’amoul Bel-Fustuq Al-Halabi means Ma’amoul filled with pistachios, the filling is prepared from crushed pistachios, orange blossom water and confectioner sugar. Ma’amoul Bel-Fustuq Al-Halabi in the picture is the one dusted with confectioner sugar, it is always prepared in this shape and should be dusted with confectioner sugar when served. See the picture of the mold used to make this shape here and here (the molds shown in the picture are two sizes, small and large, I used the small one which is the plastic one).
Above: Ma’amoul Bet-Tamer
Ma’amoul Bet-Tamer means Ma’amoul filled with date paste, the filling is date paste mixed with some butter. Ma’amoul Bet-Tamer is always prepared in this shape and it is served without dusting with confectioner sugar. See the picture of the mold used to make this shape here (the molds shown in the picture are two sizes, small and large, I used the small one).
Above: Cinnamon Sablé
Dough is flavored with cinnamon, and the filling is apricot jam.
Above: Persian (Iranian) Cookies called Shirini Beheshti which means “The Cookie of Heaven“
It is prepared from butter, confectioner sugar, flour and oil (sometimes egg is added, but I didn’t add egg) , and cookies are made with different flavors.
The white is flavored with cardamom powder.
The Brown is flavored with cocoa powder.
The orange is flavored with saffron powder.
There is a special mold to shape the cookies and the mold is called (Qaleb) but I don’t have it and couldn’t find it. Here is a photo of Qaleb, and here is a link to Iranian blog so you can take a look about how they make them using the mold.
Above: Persian (Iranian) sweet called Sohan Asali
It is purchased, It is prepared from honey, sugar, saffron, almond or other nuts and cooking oil.
Fruits are always served in Eid.
Above: Chocolate, Turkish Delight, Marzipan.
It is a tradition to bring the (Chocolate, Turkish Delight, Marzipan) at the end when the guests want to leave. No need to serve all kinds, chocolate could be enough. These sweets are purchased from “Omar Sabbagh Sweets“, one of most famous brands in Aleppo and now they opened in United Arab Emirates. (Note: this is not a advertisement, they don’t know me or my blog).
The box I used to serve these sweets is a famous Syrian wooden mosaic box, it comes as a set of three boxes (large, medium, small), you can find these boxes in different shapes like the octagonal as the one I have, or oval or square and others. I like to use it for chocolate, and it can be used for jewelery, or for decoration.
The one with gray wrap is krokan in milk chocolate (pistachio).
The one with maroon wrap is hazelnut cream with a hazelnut inside.
Above: Turkish delight with pistachios and coated with Damascus Rose
Click here to know more about other types of Turkish Delight.
This is a specialty of Aleppo and called “Hariseh” or “Lawzina” which is marzipan but shaped into different shapes. It comes either plain which is only marzipan, or marzipan with pistachio filling. It also could be colored and shaped into fruits.
Click here to know more about other shapes of Marzipan.