Middle eastern dessert in Arabic cuisine


Middle eastern dessert is a very important part of Arabic cuisine. There are many different types of dessert, and each one is unique and delicious. These Middle eastern desserts in Arabic cuisine are very famous because of their amazing flavors and beautiful presentation. Here are a few types of middle eastern desserts along with their recipes and making instructions.

1. Baklava

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Baklava is a very popular dessert in Arabic cuisine. It is made of layers of filo dough filled with nuts and sweetened with honey or sugar syrup. It is a very rich dessert, and a small piece is usually enough to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Ingredients:

1 lb Filo dough

1/2 cup melted butter

1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, almonds, pistachios, or a combination)

3/4 cup honey or sugar syrup

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter the bottom and sides of a 9×13 inch baking dish.

2. Mix the nuts, butter, honey, sugar syrup, and cinnamon. Place one sheet of filo dough on a work surface. Keep the remaining dough covered with a damp towel.

3. Brush the top of the filo sheet with butter. Place another sheet of filo dough on top and brush with butter. Repeat until all the sheets have been used.

4. Spread half of the nut mixture over the filo dough. Top with another layer of filo dough and brush with butter. Repeat until all the nut mixture is used up.

5. Cut the baklava into 1 inch wide strips, then cut each strip crosswise into thirds. Arrange the strips in the prepared baking dish.

6. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm or cold.

2. Kunafa

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Kunafa is a very popular Arabic dessert that is made with shredded phyllo dough, cheese, and syrup. It is also a very rich and sweet dessert and satisfies you with its delicious taste.

Ingredients:

1 lb shredded phyllo dough

1 cup melted butter

1 cup shredded cheese (mozzarella, kashkaval, or a combination)

3/4 cup sugar syrup

Directions:

1. preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Butter the bottom and sides of a 9×13 inch baking dish.

2. In a large bowl, mix the shredded phyllo dough, butter, cheese, and sugar syrup.

3. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.

4. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm or cold.

3. Ataayef

Ataayef is small pancakes that are filled with cheese or nuts and fried, then soaked in syrup. They are a very popular Arabic dessert, and you will relish it with its sweet and delicious taste.

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup water

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons butter, melted

vegetable oil for frying

1 cup shredded cheese (mozzarella, kashkaval, or a combination)

3/4 cup sugar syrup

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the water, sugar, and vanilla extract until well blended.

2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Brush with melted butter. Scoop 1/4 cup of batter into the skillet and spread into a 4-inch circle. Cook for 2 minutes or until bubbles forms on the surface of the pancake. Flip and cook for 1 minute or until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining batter.

3. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a star tip with cheese filling. Pipe cheese onto one side of each pancake then folds over to form a half-moon shape.

4. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Fry the stayed until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.

5. Soak the Ataayef in sugar syrup for 2 minutes. Serve warm or cold.

4. Maamoul

Maamoul is a small cookie that is made with a date filling and soaked in syrup. It is a very popular Arabic dessert and will satisfy you with its rich, sweet, and delicious taste.

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups finely ground walnuts

1/4 cup semolina flour

1/2 cup milk

Directions:

1. preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Butter the bottom and sides of a 9×13 inch baking dish.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract until well blended.

3. Mix in the ground walnuts and semolina flour until well combined. Add enough milk to make a soft dough.

4. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls. Place them in the prepared baking dish.

5. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes before serving. Soak in syrup for 2 minutes before serving. Serve warm or cold.

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