Lebanese Sweet Dishes
From chocolate desserts to ice creams, to crepes and croissants, you can find all of those delicious confections in Lebanon. The Lebanese people have a sweet tooth, a really sweet tooth, and they know their desserts. Why not give some of these recipes a try and share if you make them over on our facebook page.
Prep time: 30 mins
The traditional Lebanese rice pudding called meghli is a vegan, gluten, and dairy-free dish that is traditionally consumed to celebrate the birth of a baby. It is also said that the brown colour of the spiced pudding is symbolic of the richness of the soil, while the rough texture of the nuts on top represents growing seeds.
Meghli is made with rice flour, caraway, water, sugar, spices, a variety of nuts and spices, and is then cooked over low heat until the mixture can hold itself when tilted. It can be enjoyed both warm or cold.
Source: Simply Leb, find the recipe here
Time: 1hr 40 mins
Translated as Lebanese nights, this creamy and versatile dessert is made with a base of milk, semolina, and sugar. The ingredients are cooked into a creamy pudding that is left to set until it is firm and well-chilled. The pudding is usually flavoured with orange blossom or rose water, vanilla, lemon juice, and can also be additionally thickened with mastic.
Traditionally, this dessert is served topped with cream or ashta (thick clotted cream) and crushed or ground pistachios, but additional toppings may include other nuts and sliced fruit such as bananas or strawberries, while the whole concoction is sometimes finished off with a drizzle of honey or syrup.
It can be stored in the fridge for 2 – 3 days
Source: Cookin With Mima, find the recipe here
Awamat: Lebanese Crisp Doughnut balls
Time: 25 mins
These sweet treats from Lebanon called awamat are perfect for any occasion. Small balls of dough are fried until golden brown and crispy, and then coated with simple syrup. Make sure you make enough of these to go around—there’s no way you can eat just one!
Recipe source: The Spruce Eats, find the recipe here