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Monday, 30 August 2010

Arabic Sweets Part 3 - Lomet il Adi (Dough Puffs in Sugar Syrup)

Lumet il Adi, otherwise known as Awwameh is basically dough puffs that are fried, drained then soaked in sugar syrup. There is nothing innocent about these little bites of sugary heaven, but they are a treat nonetheless! The puffs are round balls of light pastry that had puffed as they were frying, leaving a hallow centre that makes a bite similar to chewing on a bubble. With the sugar syrup coating it and oozing out as you bite, your mouth sings the symphony of a sweet sugar rush. Highly addictive, so be warned!

This is another Arabic sweet that is very simple to prepare, and tastes delicious... Traditionally, this dessert is is not infused with other flavours except the sugar from the sugar syrup; but again in my 'Reviving Old Traditions' atempt I have infused it wth a variety of flavours on many occaions, and the feedback was always great. 
Here, I have written for you the traditional recipe, and at the end of this post, I have included some flavour variations for you to try out...

You Need
500g Flour
2 medium potatoes, peeled, boiled till very soft & mashed
a pinch of Salt
1 tsp yeast
1 tbsp sugar
1 3/4 - 2 cups water

Put yeast and Sugar in 1/4 cup warm water, stir and leave to bloom for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine, mashed potatoes, flour and salt. Mix all to combine, then add bloomed yeast and mix with dry ingredients. add from 1 3/4 cups to 2 cups depending how thick your batter is.

Drop heaped tsps in hot cooking oil and fry till golden. Remove golden puffs from oil and drain, then drop them in the prepared sugar syrup (recipe:DK Supreme Sugar Syrup). Serve hot, warm or even cold! They are good whichever way you have them!!

Flavour variations:
  • Add 1tsp cinnamon, cloves or cardamon with dry ingrediets. OR
  • Add 1 tbsp Orange zest with dry ingredients. OR
  • Add 1 tbsp crushed anis to dry ingredients.
Arabic Sweets are really sweet and pair very well with the bitter flavour of Arabic Coffee (Ahweh Sada). For the full experience serve Arabic sweets with Ahweh Sada.

Hope you have enjoyed this post, and that I have inspired you to make some Arabic sweets at home. Do give it a go, you won't be disappointed.
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