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le Soleil nutella puff pastry


le Soleil nutella puff pastry|marmite et ponpon

A gooey sun, made of two ingredients and thousand feelings of bliss. Each ray takes you to a different world full of light and warmth especially when shared with a family. One of the best things during summer vacation, i get to share my recipes with my family, not just for appreciation but for the pleasure of sharing. I believe, the best family gatherings are over food!

le Soleil nutella puff pastry |marmite et ponpon

It’s a very simple and easy dessert prepared in no time and served in less than half an hour. All you need is 2 sheets of puff pastries, thawed and rolled into 2 same size circles, and 1 1/2 cup of Nutella.

Place one of the puff pastry sheets on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Spread the Nutella avoiding 2cm from the edge. Brush this left 2cm with water and place the other puff pastry sheet on top and press them well together.

Place the lid of Nutella jar in the middle and cut into 4 rays starting from the lid. Then cut each quarter in half, then each eighth also in half. You will get a total of 16 rays.

Remove the lid and start twisting each ray by putting your finger near the center and gently make 3-4 turns. Repeat with each ray.

Preheat oven to 200°C. Brush with egg wash (one egg + 1tsp cold water) and bake for 20 mins or until nicely golden. Let it barely cool done before all get their hands on it.

le Soleil nutella puff pastry| marmite et ponpon

le Soleil nutella puff pastry | marmite et ponpon

Do i even need to say that the end result was heavenly? Nothing was left after 10 minutes! Only the trace of “once upon a time there was a sunny flaky Nutella pie on this parchment paper…” it’s always a happy ending when there is chocolate!

See you in the next fairy tale…
sunny nutella puff pastry|marmite et ponpon
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Achtalyeh – cream pudding


achtalyeh -cream pudding|marmite et ponpon

Achtalyeh, Lebanese cream pudding, is one of the most famous homemade dessert. Achta (arabic word) means cream, though its recipe doesn’t call for cream but i assure you it’s so creamy as in texture.

It might look a very simple dessert with ordinary ingredients, but when adding orange blossom water and mastic, the whole thing is taken to another level.

achtalyeh - cream pudding| marmite et ponpon

achtalyeh - cream pudding |marmite et ponpon

Heavenly texture, flavors and aromas in less than 10 minutes and with only 5 ingredients:

  • 1 L milk
  • 5 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • mastic, 3 pebbles grounded
  • 2 tbsp orange blossom water

Mix the milk, corn flour and sugar together and place over medium heat and keep stirring until the mixture becomes viscous then add the orange blossom and mastic. Whisk for a minute and take off the heat.

Pour in cups and let it cool to room temperature before putting in the fridge for at least 5 hours, or better for overnight.

achtalyeh - cream pudding|marmite et ponponachtalyeh -cream pudding | marmite et ponpon

Usually it’s served with sugar syrup if you fancy a really sweet dessert. To prepare this syrup you need:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp orange blossom

Combine water, sugar and lemon juice. Place over medium heat to allow the sugar to melt, keep stirring until it starts to thicken. Add the orange blossom and remove from heat.

achtalyeh - cream pudding | marmite et ponpon

Sprinkle with crushed pistachio or almond and serve. Usually i prepare this dessert (without syrup) for my kids, they love it! You can skip adding mastic if you’re preparing it for your baby, it will still be so tasty. My 10 months old boy loves it, it’s a wholesome dessert for kids and also can replace the breakfast.

achtalyeh - lebanese cream pudding | marmite et ponpon

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Snaynyé – celebrating the first tooth out


snaynye-celebrating the first tooth|marmite et ponpon

Snaynyé, lebanese tradition to celebrate the baby’s first tooth out.  The word Snaynyé comes from “snen” that means teeth. The mother prepares this traditional sweet once the first tooth appears and she sends to family, neighbors and friends who will return the empty plate with a gift to wish mabrook the new tooth.

snaynye- celebrating the first tooth|marmite et ponpon

Snaynyé consists of boiled wheat garnished with sugar, orange blossom and nuts. Previously they used to put colored sugar coated chickpeas and pomegranate seeds, but nowadays with the endless variety of sweets they decorate it with jelly beans, marshmallows, M&M….

Very easy and simple to make. You choose how much wheat you want to make, you soak it in water at least 12 hours and then you boil it until tender. For a nicer hint of anise taste, you put anise seeds when boiling. When serving you add sugar and orange blossom water to each portion according to the person taste. It’s served cold and hot also depending on your taste. personally i like it hot.

For garnish you can put almonds, pine seeds, pistachio, walnut or any nut you favor. Raisins and pomegranate seeds go heavenly with it as well. As for the sweets you can go as creative as you want. The aim is to have candies that need strong teeth to be chewed, to say that our baby now has his first strong tooth. I only put candies (in form of teeth) trying to be as classic as possible.

snaynye-celebrating the first tooth out|marmite et ponpon

It used to be offered in plates, nowadays people go more creative. I chose to send it to my relatives and friends in jars adding a smiley spoon to remain as souvenir. And as a sushi lover i added to some jars a small boy (smiling and showing his teeth) that serves later as automatic chopsticks for beginner kids to “my sushi lovers friends”. With a “my first tooth” tag to complete the souvenir.

snaynye-celebrating the first tooth out |marmite et ponpon.JPG

snaynyeh-celebrating the first tooth|marmite et ponpon

snaynye- celebrating the first tooth out |marmite et ponpon

I love our traditions and i try to keep them and let my kids live them (though we are living abroad). It’s beautiful how we make from every milestone in our kids life an important and joyful event. God bless all kids and keep them safe, healthy and happy. Mabrook your first tooth my baby love ❤

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Epiphany traditional sweets – Zlebyeh


zlebyeh - fried doughEpiphany (غطاس) is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of Jesus, the son of God: In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates the visit of the Magi, the three kings Gaspard, Balthazar and Melchior who came to pay their tribute to the world famous baby born Jesus. La galette des rois , is a typical french tradition celebrated on this day.

Moreover, the feast in Eastern Christianity commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan river. Zlebyeh(زلابية) or fried dough is one of the Lebanese traditional sweets prepared that day.

zlebyeh - fried doughThe story says; on the epiphany day, Jesus met a poor woman, she was frying a dough to feed her children, so he multiplied and increased her dough. We fry zlebyeh to remember this act of kindness, asking God to increase our blessings.

Another tradition for that night, requires to prepare a small dough with coins inside and we hang it on the tree waiting for Jesus دايم دايم  to pass by midnight and bless it. This way our food and money are blessed for the whole year. I love these traditions, they are so beautiful and it’s nice to practice them and pass them on to our children.

zlebyeh - fried doughYou need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp yeast to be dissolved in 1/4 cup of warm water and a dash of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of water

Mix flour, oil and sugar. Give the yeast 10 minutes to dissolve in the warm water with a dash of sugar, after that add it to the flour mix with another 1/2 cup of water. Knead well and let it rest (covered at room temperature) for at least 2-3 hours to double in size.

Divide into 10 strips (10-12 cm each). You can keep them as is like fingers or twist each two together like i did. Fry them until golden brown. Usually they are served with sugar, but some people like them with honey too.

zlebyeh - fried doughThis is my first post to this year, happy reading and happy Epiphany.

دايم دايم بالخير

دايم دايم بالصحة

دايم دايم بالمحبة

دايم دايم بالفرح

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Maakroun معكرون – St barbara traditional lebanese sweet


lebanese ma3krounDecember 4, Christians celebrate St Barbara. The great martyr Barbara, as known in the church was a christian saint and martyr. Barbara won particular fame for the horrifying fact that her death sentence by beheading was carried out by her own father, a wealthy pagan who had first isolated her in a tower and then denounced her to the Roman authorities when she became a Christian.

وُلدت القدّيسة بربارة في بعلبك. كان أبوها ديوسقورُس غنيٌّا ووثنيٌّا متعصّبًا. فأَحسن تربيتها بالعلوم والآداب. واستقدم لها أشهر المعلّمين ومن بينهم فالنتيانُس الذي أخذ يشرح لها أسرار الديانة المسيحيّة. شعر والدها بميلها إلى الإيمان المسيحيّ فسجنها في برجٍ حصين، وأقام من حولها تماثيل الأصنام لتعبدها. أمّا هي فظلّت تتلقّى التعاليم المسيحيّة من خلف الجدران على يد فالنتيانُس. وراحت تمارس الصلاة والصوم والتأمّل. ثمّ طلبت من خدّامها أن يحطّموا التماثيل الموضوعة في البرج. علم أبوها بالأمر فغضب وأوسعها شتمًا وضربًا وألقى بها في قبو مظلم. وفي اليوم التالي، استحضرها أمام الوالي مركيانُس علّها تخاف وتعود إلى عبادة الآلهة. فأمر بجلدها، فتمزّق جسدها وتفجّرت دماؤها وهي صابرة صامتة مسلّمة أمرها للّه. وفي الليل ظهر المسيح لها وشفى جراحها. وفي صباح اليوم التالي، استقدمها الوالي ورآها معافاة فقال لها: «إنّ الآلهة شفقت عليك وشفتك». فأجابته: «هو المسيح يسوع الذي شفاني، وهو سيّد الحياة والموت». فأمر بجلدها ثانية ثمّ بقطع رأسها فنالت إكليل الشهادة سنة 235

One of the Lebanese traditions on that day, is making sweets such as atayef (dough stuffed with cream or nuts), maakroun (flour and semolina fried cookies bathed in sugar syrup) , zlebyeh (fried dough with sugar or honey) and ameh (boiled wheat).

I will share with you the healthiest version of maakroun, baked.

ma3kroun

To prepare maakroun you need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup fine semolina (thin ferkha as known in lebanon)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp mahaleb (optional)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp anise

For the sugar syrup:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp orange blossom water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Usually i start by preparing the sugar syrup, because i need them to be at room temperature when i want to soak in the maakroun.

In a pan let the sugar melt in the water on a medium heat. Then add the lemon juice and bring down to low heat for 10 minutes until it thickens. Turn off the heat then add the orange blossom water. Put aside to become room temperature.

To prepare the maakroun, mix flour, semolina, sugar, baking powder mahaleb, anise and oil. Then add the water slowly and knead the dough to the desired consistency and let it rest for half an hour.

There is another way also, my mum’s, she boils the water and anise and let it cool. She mix all dry ingredients and she knead the dough with the anise water.

how to do maakrounDivide the dough in small to medium balls (depending how big you like it to be), roll each ball on a grater to get the texture above in the picture. Some people like to deep fry it in oil but for a lighter and healthier result i bake it for 20 mns on 180°C.  Start checking on the minute 15 as you don’t want them to become hard but soft crunchy.

how to do maakroun in sugar

Soak it in the sugar syrup for 15 minutes then take it out and satisfy your sweet tooth. 3a2bel kel seneh!

ma'akroun

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