Archive for the ‘Syrian Baking and Desserts’ Category

Barazeq

May 31st, 2019

Barazeq are delicately thin crispy cookies originated in Damascus, Syria. They are always made in small circular shapes with sesame seeds covering one side and pistachio slices visible on the other.

Barazeq are made with few ingredients which are flour, ghee, sugar, pistachios and sesame seeds for covering. If you find recipes that contain eggs, spices, milk powder, honey, I assure you that they are not original recipes and can’t be called Barazeq. I’m sharing a recipe that I learnt from a Damascene Pastry Chef and it is hundred percent authentic.

Let’s make Barazeq:

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To Aleppo With Love – Heitaliyeh Bel-Halib

March 31st, 2019

Heitaliyeh is a dessert that has two types which are Heitaliyeh Bel-Halib and Heitaliyeh Bed-Dibs. Heitaliyeh Bel-Halib is made of milk cooked with cornflour, poured into a tray, cut into bite-size cubes then served with sugar syrup or Bouza ‘Ala Halib “Milk Ice Cream”. Heitaliyeh Bed-Dibs is made of cooked cornflour, poured into a tray then served with grape molasses. Heitaliyeh Bed-Dibs is older than Heitaliyeh Bel-Halib.

According to “Encyclopedia of Aleppo“: “Heitaliyeh is named after “Hittal” Turkish tribes inhabit Bukhara, Samarkand and Khujand. The merchants of Aleppo tοοk the name from these tripes, and these tripes took it from China. This is supported by the fact that the dessert is still present in Turkestan and India, and Aleppo is serving it in Chinese ceramic bowls and Chinese spoons. The other cities in Syria took this dessert from Aleppo. In Damascus, it is called “Heilatiyeh”.

Let’s make Heitaliyeh Bel-Halib:

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Bouza ‘Ala Halib

February 28th, 2019

Bouza ‘Ala Halib is a delicious Syrian Ice Cream made of whole milk, Sahlab (Salep) and mastic. In Damascus, milk ice cream is named “Emaa'”. It is also called “Bouza ‘Arabiyeh”.
Syrian ice cream whether milk ice cream, chocolate ice cream, or fruit ice cream is perfectly thick and stretchy, thank to the special ingredient “Salep” which is a white flour like powder made from the tubers of the orchid genus Orchis (including species Orchis mascula and Orchis militaris. In ice cream parlors in Syria, the ice cream is manually churned, it’s pounded with large wooden mallets and then pulled and stretched.

Let’s make Bouza ‘AlaHalib:

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To Aleppo With Love – Mrabba Al-Qare’e Al-Halabi

November 30th, 2018

“Mrabba Al-Qare’e Al-Halabi” or “Mrabba Al-Yaqtin AL-Halabi” (Aleppine Pumpkin Jam) is slightly different from previous Mrabba Al-Qare’e. Mrabba Al-Qare’e Al-Halabi is flavored with orange peel, cinnamon and clove, and served as a dessert with coffee, while Mrabba Al-Qare’e is served for breakfast with bread and cheese.

Let’s make Mrabba Al-Qare’e Al-Halabi:

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Khshaf Hamwi

June 10th, 2018

Khshaf or Khushaf in middle east is a dried fruit and nut salad, an old fashioned dessert. But in Hama in Syria, Khshaf is a different dessert, Khshaf Hamwi is kind of milk pudding topped with syrup made of lemon juice, Sharab Tout Shami “mulberry syrup” and rose syrup, eaten in summer and very special in the holy month of Ramadan when it comes in summer.

Let’s make Khshaf Hamwi:

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