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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!

Mazanec Czech Easter Bread

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I'm Ready To Be Spanked! And Mazanec Czech Easter Bread. Traditions and a sweet bread recipe that can be made year round.

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.

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.

Semla

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A great way to celebrate Fat Tuesday.

Capirotada (Mexican Bread Pudding)

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The most popular food we eat during Lent is capirotada. Capirotada is a Mexican bread pudding made with cinnamon, piloncillo, cloves, raisins, bread, and cheese.

Sour Cream Cut-Out Cookies

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Sour Cream Cut-Out Cookies - traditional treats that are soft and made with cake flour.

Brazilian Cream Biscuits

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Lulu shares her beloved family recipe for Brazilian Cream Biscuits - traditionally served high tea-style with a collection of "divine treats" but instead of tea, served with local, freshly-harvested coffee. Mmmm!

Classic Biscochos

Classic Biscochos

I love traditional Mexican baked goods. They're usually sweet but not too sweet, rich without being heavy, and always super flavorful. These classic wedding cookies, sometimes known as "Mexican wedding cakes" totally epitomize what I'm talking about. They're just so delicious you'll want to keep popping them in your mouth. And since this recipe makes 300 biscochos, you'll have no trouble satisfying those cravings. ;)

Recipe: Biscochos

Lebanese Sleeha

Lebanese Sleeha

Though not actually baked, this seasonal dessert made from barley, pomegranate and anise was just too beautiful to pass up. Traditionally made only once a year by Christians in the Middle East for Saint Barbara's day (a feast day sort of like Halloween but celebrated on December 4th), Sleeha (or Burbara) is offered to masquerading children as a treat. How neat!

Recipe and story (in French): Sleeha Libanais ou Sainte Barbara