While others may be beating their war drums and spewing ethnic hatred, here at Casa de Cuisine we prefer to celebrate the world and its people with food.
You don't often read about desserts or sweet from the Middle East but the fact-of-the-matter is, some of the most delicious originate from this area of the world. In most cases the desserts from the countries which make up the Middle East are not overtly sweet and they take their flavors from the earth (nature) and these cookies, from Syria, are a perfect example. They have a wonderful texture thanks to the sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds and just enough sweetness to make them a perfect accompaniment to a strong cup of coffee or tea.
Ingredients needed to make Barezah (serving amount depends on size):
- 1 Tbs. honey
- 1 Tbs. water
- ½ cup toasted sesame seeds
- 2 ½ cups flour
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¾ cup butter, chilled and diced
- 2/3 cup water
- 2 Tbs. ground pumpkin seeds
- Pre-heat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl whisk the honey and water. Add the sesame seeds. Spoon the mixture out onto a plate and spread.
- In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and sugar. Add the butter and using a pastry blender cut the butter into the flour until it resembles a coarse meal. Stir in the water to form a dough.
- Remove walnut pieces of the dough and form into balls.
- Roll the top half of the dough in the sesame seed mixture and the bottom half in the pumpkin seeds.
- Place the cookies, sesame seed side up, on the prepared baking sheet, place in oven and bake 25 minutes.
- Remove to a rack to cool.
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