These Lebanese desserts are shared in all the Arab countries of the Levant.
Every country has its own twist on each, and they are all usually pretty darn good!
Traditional Middle Eastern desserts are quite different to desserts in western countries.
Common flavors used are of rose water and orange blossom water with their subtle sweet fragrance.
Cream fillings are common and desserts are finished topped with nuts.
Arabs tend to have a sweet tooth and love a good dessert.
There are many sweet shops that offer a whole range of traditional desserts.
They are crowded on weekends and on warm summer evenings as families go out for a treat.
Many of these desserts are incomparable in taste when fresh so are often consumed on the spot.
It is so much fun to stand in the sweet shop while trying to decide on which one it will be this week.
Here are a few of my favorite Lebanese desserts.
This is a well known dessert all over the world.
Made of pistachio or cashew nuts sandwiched between several layers of phyllo dough.
Baked and drenched with simple syrup.
Lovely and creamy.
Delightful with a bit of maple syrup drizzled over the top.
This dessert was invented in Nablus, a city in Palestine and has made its way all over the world.
With a base of local white soft cheese and a topping of either semolina or thinly sliced phyllo.
There are two versions depending on which topping is opted for.
Either known as smooth with the semolina topping, or rough with the phyllo topping.
I personally prefer the rough version myself, I like the extra crunch.
What a great dessert this is!
Traditionally there are two versions of this sweet, one stuffed with pistachio and sugar, and one stuffed with dried dates.
I love the date filled ones, which are just too easy to eat especially when they have the bite size version.
These sweets are eaten year around, and especially served to guests during the two feasts each year.
This is only made fresh during the feasts when people are celebrating.
That’s right, you got it, two versions of this one too!
One is stuffed with cream, and one is stuffed with mixed nuts, and they are both delicious.
It is essentially a pancake cooked on one side until cooked all the way through.
Then the filling is then put on top and it is folded into a half moon shape and sealed shut on the edges.
Finally it is deep fried and then dipped into simple syrup.
It is to die for!