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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Traditional Maamool by The Book Munch Family

Children love the kitchen, they love to feel involved to dig in to make a delicious mess and proudly present us with their creations. Let's let them. Let's let them in on all the deliciousness of kitchen activities, lets talk to them about food, lets allow them to make their childish mess and lets help them create long lasting memories of us together, cooking, baking, messing around laughing and having an absolutely great time, together.

In today's episode I go into Dareen Charafeddin's family kitchen, building on what she was telling us in yesterday's video, we must make up for lost time with our kids and find an activity that we all enjoy and have that fun together. Dareen and her sweet family are demonstrating the traditional Maamool recipe in 3 different ways. Amer, shows us his grandmother's traditional Palestinian way of making Maamool, and Dareen shows us her family's Lebanese way while their daughter Lama creates her own take with the flavours she loves and the fusions she's grown to know. We had such good fun making the maamool and filming this video, the children were having a great time and the outcome was delicious maamool (semolina cookies) as well as a home that smells like Amer's memory of his grandmother's home. Watch and perhaps you too will be reminded of the smell of grandma's home right before Eid :)

Find the detailed recipe below the video and I have included for you 17 links for 17 Traditional Arabic Dessert recipes for you to try at home, all of which you can recreate with your kids.

To Make 
The BookMunch Family's Maamoul recipe
You NeedFor the maamoul dough
3 cups of Semolina
3 cups of flour
2 cups of butter
1/3 cup of caster sugar
1 teaspoon of mahlab
1 teaspoon yeast
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
Splash of milk (about 2 tablespoons)

Splash of rose water (about 1 teaspoon)
Splash of orange blossom water (about 1 teaspoon)

For the date paste
2 cups of pitted dates
1 tablespoon of butter
2 table spoons of water
One of a combination of the spices below- I would use all three
½ teaspoon of nutmeg
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
½ teaspoon of cardamom

For Lama’s variation
Nutella Maamoul- use Nutella instead of the date paste and add some crushed pistachios “to give it an Arabic twist”

Follow the instructions and the method as shown in the video above.

Come back tomorrow for the final episode of Ramadan Special 2014 where I conclude this #RamadanSpecial2014

Dareen Charafeddine 

Dareen Charafeddine’s background is the perfect marriage of both the literary and culinary worlds. Her literary experience comes from a prestigious career in education and publishing, and her culinary know-how comes from a specialization in the bakery and catering business, a business that gave her professional understanding and a passionate appreciation of high quality food.

Dareen’s educational and publishing career has been impressive. With a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Columbia University (New York), an M.A. in Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Dareen was the perfect choice for Publisher and Manager at Kalimat for the first five years of its inception. Her commitment to the creation, promotion, and sale of previously unavailable quality Arabic literature for young people was a vital next step towards increasing the popularity of Arabic books for children, reading for pleasure, and the love for Arabic language, in general.

Dareen’s food adventure started through her family’s respected and very successful regional bakery and catering business. Working with and tasting quality food from a young age created a solid food foundation from which she developed her own style of cooking, a style that embraced innovative yet simple cuisine. With a commitment to high-quality ingredients, the combination of style and substance has produced superb results, and as part of Dareen’s latest venture, BookMunch, Dubai food lovers can now experience wonderfully simple dishes in all their glory.


Dareen has travelled extensively, and having lived overseas periodically since 1999, she brings a world of experience to the multi-cultural crossroads that is Dubai. Having dreamed of a café/bookstore where her joint passions of food and books could comfortably merge, she took inspiration from the world’s leading literary cafes, and with an in-depth understanding of the business and psychology of food and publishing, it was only a matter of time before the perfect space could be created.
And so BookMunch Café was born. Dubai’s most innovative literary café now offers a friendly environment for book lovers and foodies, families and friends, all of which can gather comfortably to enjoy the very special combination of Dareen’s two professional and life passions. BookMunch Café is only one year old today and has already won the award for Best Family Restaurant by Timeout Dubai, as well as has been nominated for several other awards.

Twitter: @bookmunchdxb
Facebook: Book Munch
Instagram: @Bookmunch

"In this digital age, I really believe that printed books remain an integral part of our life. Nothing beats curling up with a good book while enjoying a perfect cup of tea and a perfectly baked cookie with just the right amount of chocolate." 

Dareen Charafeddine

Ramadan Mubarak,
Appreciate, Love & Giveback a little this Ramadan :)

Relative Links

Traditional Arabic Desserts