|Arabic Sweets Specialty Shops|
(also known as Basboosah in Egypt, & as Namoora in Lebanon)
Hareeseh is a bite of cake-like texture that's been drenched in sugar syrup. It is smooth, very moist and with a crunch from a piece of toasted almond placed on top of each piece. It is a treat by all means. Try it out, and impress your guests with a home-made hareeseh rather than a store-bought one. Especially if you are not from the Middle East, you can really impress your guests with an Arabic dessert that is succulent and different from your usual offering.
Hareeseh is very simple to make, but requires time to be done, so make sure to plan ahead....
The ingredients below are for a large quantity ( silver tray: sidder size 60). If you do not have that tray, you can divide the quantity into several small serving platters..)
1 1/2 Kg Samolina
1 Kg Sugar
1/2 Kg Yoghurt
1.5 ltrs water (usually double the quantity of the yoghurt, you can use the yoghurt container to measure too)
1 tbsp Baking Powder
Peeled Almonds or coarsly crushed pistachios
1 cup ready Sugar Syrup (Qater)*
|Hareeseh with Pistachio|
In a large container, mix all ingredients well together, and leave to set for 8 hours.
Spread in oven-proof serving platter (the layer should not be very thick, it should be about 1.5 inches thick). Top with a layer of crushed pistachios, or Almonds. Traditionally, hareeseh top is scored in diamond shapes and each diamond is topped with a piece of almond.
Bake in 375 F oven till golden brown on top.
Hreeseh can be served warm or cold, with sugar syrup on the side for those who like it sweeter.
|Hareeseh with Almonds|
When it comes to Arabic sweets, do you try to make them at home, or do you always choose to buy them from Arabic sweets shops? Having read this post, and seeing how simple it is to prepare Hareeseh, do you think that you will try and make it at home? share with me, leave a comment :)