Middle Eastern

Lebanese Maamouls

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Maamouls are Lebanese sablés especially made for Easter. Maamouls are filled with a mix of nuts, pistachios or dates and spices... and are insanely good!

Brioche with date

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A brioche roll stuffed with a date paste flavored with a touch of rose water and garnished with toasted sesame seeds. An update on a traditional baked pastry sold on the streets of Lebanese cities by cart vendors.

Whole Wheat Pita Bread

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Whole wheat pita bread, more commonly known as Baladi Bread in Egypt. This is the main staple in Egypt and is served with just about everything.

Crown cookies (ka'ak bel ajweh)

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A traditional Easter semolina cookie from the Lebanese kitchen; the cookie is stuffed with a date paste and the dough is redolent of rose and orange blossom water. The shape of the cookies is symbolic of Christ's crown of thorns.

Date and Walnut Squares

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"A delicate pastry filled with date paste and a touch of cinnamon... I always adore the Middle Eastern Cuisine especially when it comes to desserts and sweets..."  I do too. And these stellar squares are a great example: spice kissed, sweetened naturally with dates, with a healthy walnut crunch.

Baked Falafels and Tahini Sauce

Baked Falafels and Tahini Sauce

Celine shares her stellar falafel recipe, and includes directions for frying them and baking them. Now why would we fry them? ;) Savory tahini sauce recipe included. A sight for hungry eyes!

Recipe: Falafels and Tahini Sauce

Lebanese Meat Pies (Sambousek)

Lebanese Meat Pies (Sambousek)

I love middle eastern cuisine, and I adore Cherine of Chicho's Kitchen for sharing some of the best fare of the region in English and French.

These savory little meat pies are made with beef or lamb, pine nuts, and a touch of spice. Perfect for a casual family Sunday lunch, or as a snack to-go.

Recipe: Meat pies or Sambousek

Crunchy Aromatic Bread Rings

Crunchy Aromatic Bread Rings

Crunchy Middle Eastern sesame-topped bread rings flavored with ground cherry pits, cumin and aromatic anise - a gorgeous flavor combo in a cute little package - I love these!

Recipe: Ka'ak - Sesame Rings