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'œuvres. 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
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.
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.
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.
Syrian cookies sound very interesting Faiza..nice presentation.
Faiza..this is so new to us..looks soo inviting da...Beautifully presented too..
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....
Syrian cookies looks really crispy and yummy.
wow wounderfull cookies,Love the way u presented...gr8.
Lovely pictures. Looks perfect.
I love sesame seeds in everything, this is a yes for me :)
wow//thats a cute little cookie and am sure its gonna be out be out of this world :)
They are so much like a Chinese sesame cake...very fragrant and great to chew along with some good TV drama.
Looks beautiful Faiza and nice to know about Syrian cuisine :)
Elegant cookies, looks awesome and am ready to grab few rite now..
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.
Cookies look perfect and very cute:-)
They sound tasty and are appealing to look at :)
oh these look great my last tea giveaway was international LOL
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.
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wow!beautiful pic Faiza!perfectly bakes cookies...
Elegant and yummy cookies..great clicks too!!
Barazek are my favorite cookies and you did them beautifully!
Oooh..yummy! I love cookies with sesame seeds. Thanks for sharing them!
Very beautiful cookies,looks yum and crunchy
The cookies look so yumm...faiza! reminds me of Indian Nankhatai except for sesame seeds:))
Lovely and yummy cookies, Faiza!! Beautiful presentation, too..
Never heard this name, although the cookies look quite familiar...must be great tasting one for sure.
nice cookies.. the sesame seeds makes them look special!
wow, this is all nutty and flavourful; I'm eager to savor the pistachios/sesame combination; something I should try!! lovely presentation!!
wow, beautiful cookies, how very evenly the sesame seeds are distributed was what I was thinking about!!, absolutely perfect
These looks delicious. Thank you Fazia for dopping by
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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