Friday, 30 April 2010

Barazik Al Sham

It was Syrian cuisine at Walima cooking club this month. As usual we were given 1 savory and 1 sweet recipe the savory recipe was for 'the spring Kibbeh' and the sweet Barazik Al sham. And this months challenge was brought to us by Nisrine of Nisrine's Blog and Mona . I really wanted to try the spring Kibbeh...but as I could not find all the ingredients mentioned in the recipe, I decided to make it later when I find the ingredients coz I wanted to make it exactly the authentic way. And thus, I decided to go for Barzik Al sham/ Syrian cookies. Thanks Nisrine and Mona for this month's challenge. The cookies were yummy and something different and my Son loved these cookies. And as usual before we go to the recipe, a little peek into Syrian Cuisine....
The Syrian cuisine is rich and varies in its ingredients which is linked to the region of Syria where a specific dish has originated. Syrian food mostly consists of Southern Mediterranean, Greek, and Southwest Asian dishes. Some Syrian dishes also evolved from Turkish and French cooking. Dishes like shish kebab, stuffed zucchini, yabra' (stuffed grape leaves, the word yapra' derives from the Turkish word 'yaprak' meaning leaf).
The main dishes that form the Syrian cuisine are kibbeh, wara' Inab, hummus, Syrians often serve selections of appetizers, known as mezza, before the main course. Zaatar, minced beef, and cheese manakish are popular hors d'Ĺ“uvres. The Arabic flatbread khobz is always eaten together with mezza. Syrians are also well-known for their cheese. The very popular string cheese jibbneh mashallale is made of curd cheese and is pulled and twisted together. Syrians also make cookies to usually accompany their cheese called ka'ak. These are made of farina and other ingredients, rolled out, shaped into rings and baked. Another form of a similar cookie is to fill with crushed dates mixed with butter to accompany their jibbneh mashallale. Drinks in Syria vary depending on the time of the day and the occasion. Arabic coffee, also known as Turkish coffee is the most well-known hot drink usually prepared in the morning at breakfast or in the evening. It is usually served for guests or after food. Syrian beverages include Ayran, Jallab, and White coffee.

BARAZIL AL SHAM / SYRIAN COOKIES

Ingredients:

200 gm soft butter,
¼ cup powder sugar,
2 large eggs,
1 tsp pure vanilla,
3 cup of sifted all purpose flour,
1 tsp baking powder,
2 tsp white vinegar,
1 cup of chopped pistachios,
1 cup of sesame seeds and
a pinch of salt.


Method:

In a mixer add the soft butter and the icing sugar and mix to combine, add the eggs and mix well. Add the vinegar and vanilla.

Sift the flour, salt and baking powder add them to the mix well so that they all combined to nice dough. Put the dough in the fridge to rest for one hour.

Take the dough out of the fridge and turn it into small balls.

In separate bowls add around ½ cup of sesame seeds and 1 cup of sliced pistachios. Using the palm of your hand, flatten the round cookies and dip the bottom side with chopped pistachios and the top with sesame seeds.
Bake in preheated 350F oven for 10-13 minutes depends on your oven, or till golden brown.

Note:
Some recipes ask for honey syrup to brush the top before dipping in sesame seeds…It will give a darker golden color.
For step by step pic visit, see Nisrine's post here.

29 comments:

Gita Jaishankar said...

Syrian cookies sound very interesting Faiza..nice presentation.

Kairali sisters said...

Faiza..this is so new to us..looks soo inviting da...Beautifully presented too..

Love
Kairali sisters

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Excellent looking cookies. I bet it tastes as good as it looks :-) I was looking for the quantity of sesame seeds in Ingredients which you have mentioned in the Method. Very tempting clicks and nice presentation dear....
Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Swathi said...

Syrian cookies looks really crispy and yummy.

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow wounderfull cookies,Love the way u presented...gr8.

Divya Vikram said...

Lovely pictures. Looks perfect.

3 hungry tummies said...

I love sesame seeds in everything, this is a yes for me :)

Neetz said...

wow//thats a cute little cookie and am sure its gonna be out be out of this world :)

Angie's Recipes said...

They are so much like a Chinese sesame cake...very fragrant and great to chew along with some good TV drama.

Life is beautiful!!! said...

Looks beautiful Faiza and nice to know about Syrian cuisine :)

Priya said...

Elegant cookies, looks awesome and am ready to grab few rite now..

Faiza Ali said...

thanks you all for the lovely comments and appreciation.
@Deepa- I used 1 cup of sesame seeds dear, which I forgot to write.Have updated the post again now.

Aruna Manikandan said...

Cookies look perfect and very cute:-)

meeso said...

They sound tasty and are appealing to look at :)

Chow and Chatter said...

oh these look great my last tea giveaway was international LOL

Suhaina said...

WOW. Really its amazing. i was long waiting for this recipe. i had bought some sesame seeds few months ago. I baked some Sujee cookies but almost 1 cup is remaing. Perfect! Thanks for sharing the recipe dear.
Havent u coolected the awards from my blog.

sangi said...

wow!beautiful pic Faiza!perfectly bakes cookies...

Jagruti said...

Elegant and yummy cookies..great clicks too!!

tasteofbeirut said...

Faiza

Barazek are my favorite cookies and you did them beautifully!

Raina said...

Oooh..yummy! I love cookies with sesame seeds. Thanks for sharing them!

Sushma Mallya said...

Very beautiful cookies,looks yum and crunchy

Meena said...

The cookies look so yumm...faiza! reminds me of Indian Nankhatai except for sesame seeds:))

Yummy Team said...

Lovely and yummy cookies, Faiza!! Beautiful presentation, too..

Malar Gandhi said...

Never heard this name, although the cookies look quite familiar...must be great tasting one for sure.

Fathima said...

nice cookies.. the sesame seeds makes them look special!

Vinolia said...

wow, this is all nutty and flavourful; I'm eager to savor the pistachios/sesame combination; something I should try!! lovely presentation!!

jayasri said...

wow, beautiful cookies, how very evenly the sesame seeds are distributed was what I was thinking about!!, absolutely perfect

nisha said...

These looks delicious. Thank you Fazia for dopping by

Arlette said...

These look awesome... Still saving some in a box, and treating myself one every morning with the coffee..they are so good... thanks my friend... Your photos are really beautiful.

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