Lomet il Adi, Awameh, Lgeimat...

Different Names, Same Dessert!

Lomet il Adi, otherwise known as Awameh, an Arabic dessert that is basically dough puffs that are fried, drained then soaked in sugar syrup. There is nothing innocent about these cute 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 somewhat hollow centre that makes a bite similar to chewing on a bubble yet with a chew! With the sugar syrup coating it and oozing out as you bite, your mouth sings the symphony of the sweet sugar rush. Highly addictive, so be warned!

Traditionally, this dessert is not infused with other flavours except the sugar from the sugar syrup; but again in my ‘Reviving Old Traditions‘ attempt I have infused it with a variety of flavours on many occasions, 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.

Ingredients

  • 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
  • 1 recipe sugar syrup, on this link

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.

Serve hot, warm or even cold! They are good whichever way you have them!

Flavour variations:

  • Add 1 tsp cinnamon, cloves or cardamon with dry ingredients. OR
  • Add 1 tbsp Orange zest with dry ingredients. OR
  • Add 1 tbsp crushed anise to dry ingredients.

Arabic Sweets are really sweet and pair very well with the bitter flavour of Arabic Coffee (Ahweh Sada, recipe on this link). For the full experience, do serve this with Ahweh Sada.

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