Lebanese rice pudding {رز بالحليب }


Rice pudding has been a favorite pudding of mine ever since I had my first taste as a child. Rice pudding is an international pudding but differs from region to region. The Lebanese pudding Continue reading “Lebanese rice pudding {رز بالحليب }”


Arabesque Mini Lebanese Sfouf Cakes

Our all time favourite pattern is the Arabic zellige – when we saw this mould from With A Spin, we knew it would be a perfect pairing with a traditional Lebanese dessert.

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Namoora {نمورة}


Namoura cake is one of the easier, simpler, less time consuming Lebanese dessert recipes. With very few ingredients and short prep time, this is one of the desserts you make when crave something sweet but your time is tight. This egg-less cake is sweetened with Atyr syrup warm from the oven. Continue reading “Namoora {نمورة}”


Date stuffed brioche { بريوش بالتمر}


Always baked fresh and available along the boardwalks and bike carts zipping through the town at sunset, date stuffed brioche is a favorite evening snack among the people of Lebanon. Growing up, we didn’t have to wait for a trip to Lebanon to enjoy this satisfying treat. Continue reading “Date stuffed brioche { بريوش بالتمر}”


Meghli {مغلي}

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Meghli pudding is a light and satisfying Lebanese rice pudding that has a rich cinnamon flavor. As a bonus, this pudding is gluten-free and dairy free! Traditionally, Meghli is made with the birth of a baby to serve to guests, but more importantly, for the new mom to eat as the spices in the pudding coupled with the nuts that it is topped with are thought to help bring in a moms milk! This pudding’s name literally translates to ‘boil’ because of the length of time that is required for it to boil before it is ready to serve.  Of course around here we don’t wait for a newborn to enjoy Meghli. We love having it year round!

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Halal Rice Crispy Squares

Some of you are probably already wondering why rice crispy squares wouldn’t be halal in the first place. No? Perhaps by now most are aware that it’s all about the gelatin. The main ingredient in marshmallows is gelatin, which is produced from the chemical transformation of an animal product called collagen. Continue reading “Halal Rice Crispy Squares”


Yellow Cake – Sfouf {صفوف} (Egg Free)

Sfouf literally means “rows” in Arabic, so why is this cake called sfouf? Beats us! This cake gets it’s beautiful yellow color from the all natural spice known as Turmeric. Turmeric has been proven to Continue reading “Yellow Cake – Sfouf {صفوف} (Egg Free)”


Lebanese Maamoul: Date & Nut Stuffed Cookies {معمول}

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Osmaliyeh: Shredded Pastry with Cream {عثملية/عصمليه}

This dessert is super simple, and can be made by frying or baking. It tastes great plain but can be adapted to include various toppings to suit all taste buds!

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Kashta {قشطة}

Kashta is a basic filling for desserts that come from the Arabic world. If you do live in the Middle East you could buy this cream ready made from a local grocer, or even canned! The canned version is a thinner, and doesn’t at all resemble the good stuff. Home made is always the best way, and this recipe can be made super fast and stores well in the fridge.
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