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A Note From Suchi Modi

My first taste of Middle Eastern Dessert was an excessively sweet baklava, but after moving to Detroit, MI (also while visiting Dubai) and tasting one, it was quite a revelation. Not overly sweet but just perfect that makes you dig in for few more bites. Since than I have learned so much more about these desserts, from Basbousa to Maamoul. Floral flavors from orange blossom and rose water elevates the syrup called ater/ sharabat; takes a mundane sweetness to something that tantalizes your palate. If you are still not sure why you need these desserts in your life make one and decide for yourself. Following recipes are traditional or one inspired from Middle Eastern desserts or flavors. A fair warning; you might just end up having an affair with them!
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It was legit hot in NY today so the AC went on and the ice cream maker came out. If you love sesame…

Halva Ice Cream

It was legit hot in NY today so the AC went on and the ice cream maker came out. If you love sesame candy then this epic halva ice cream is for you.
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A Note From Suchi Modi

If you have yet to venture into tahini desserts you are missing out in life people!!
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Chocolate Chip Tahini Banana Cake recipe is now available for your viewing (and making) pleasure…

Chocolate Chip Tahini Banana Cake With Halva

Chocolate Chip Tahini Banana Cake recipe is now available for your viewing (and making) pleasure. Made with @seedandmill tahini and halva!
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A Note From Suchi Modi

"Think of tahini as an exotic peanut butter and maybe you won’t question me for the third or fourth time about tahini in sweets. It’s nutty and deliciously addictive..." I suggest you take her advice.
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Saturday morning bliss = cawfee + Middle Eastern apricot, tahini & rosewater biscuits

Apricot, Tahini & Rosewater Biscuits

Saturday morning bliss = cawfee + Middle Eastern apricot, tahini & rosewater biscuits
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A Note From Suchi Modi

Nutty flavor of tahini with rose is perfect in these biscuits.
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I am so glad to hear that @yahoofood featured my Semolina Cake with Pistachios and Honey as the cake…

Lemon Glazed Semolina Cake With Pistachios And Honey

I am so glad to hear that @yahoofood featured my Semolina Cake with Pistachios and Honey as the cake of the day
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A Note From Suchi Modi

A beautiful semolina cake for a pistachio lover.
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Maamoul and kaa'ek! And happy Easter! Across the world major religious or cultural events are…

Maamoul Cookies

Maamoul and kaa'ek! And happy Easter! Across the world major religious or cultural events are usually marked by special foods and sweets that add another dimension to the whole occasion. For middle eastern christians Easter is one of these occasions! As far back in time as my memory can go, I remember that during the holy week before easter, the family gathers to prepare a special and really delicious sweet usually enjoyed this time of the year: Maamoul or semolina cookies. Now I prepare these delicious cookies by myself while my family still gather back home! And this year I also made kaa'ek el eid or spicy easter cookies! #feedfeed
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A Note From Suchi Modi

Traditional cookies made with date filling and floral waters like rose and orange blossom.
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I have a lovely treat for you today: Tangy Whipped Yogurt with Honey-Muddled Red Raspberries and…

Whipped Yogurt With Sumac, Honey And Raspberries

I have a lovely treat for you today: Tangy Whipped Yogurt with Honey-Muddled Red Raspberries and Sumac, inspired by @immigrantstable's beautiful e-cookbook Middle Eastern Small Plates. Works great for breakfast, dessert, or snack time. It's a gem! #feedfeed
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A Note From Suchi Modi

Sumac (dried berries) gives this whipped yogurt a sourness to balance out the honey.
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I spent the last few months taking ceramic classes @doughertyartscenter with Peter. He got really…

Halva With Pistachios And Honey

I spent the last few months taking ceramic classes @doughertyartscenter with Peter. He got really into throwing on the wheel and I made tiny little leaf print plates hoping they would be nice photo props. Their kinda funky but I love them!!! Here is a little scene for my Lebanese food project. This is halawa, a sweet treat made with tahini and pistachios.
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A Note From Suchi Modi

Halva is a classic Middle Eastern confection and is made from tahini and sugar.
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Tahini Date Cake with Tahini Whipped Cream and Sesame Seeds! Good morning Sunday

Date And Tahini Cake With Tahini Whipped Cream

Tahini Date Cake with Tahini Whipped Cream and Sesame Seeds! Good morning Sunday
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A Note From Suchi Modi

Have a date with this light date and tahini cake.
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This is such a fun and creative play on a classic Middle Eastern dessert!

Turkish Delight Meringue

This is such a fun and creative play on a classic Middle Eastern dessert!
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A Note From Suchi Modi

A very clever adaptation of Turkish Delight.
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Cardamom, rosewater, pistachio shortbread biscuits. Can't think of a more heady fragrant combination…

Cardamom, Rosewater And Pistachio Shortbread

Cardamom, rosewater, pistachio shortbread biscuits. Can't think of a more heady fragrant combination whilst sipping tea in my garden on a warm Melbourne morning. I've been inspired by a a few versions of this biscuits, firstly @rainydaybites earlier this week, with the coffee infused version, as well as several beautiful recipes I've been collecting from various sources over the last few weeks. I'm experimenting with flavours hoping to create a big batch of these later this month for a special birthday party?. The ones pictured here, I baked yesterday and they're adapted from a few different recipes. It had to be rich shortbread cookie for me, with a generous scoop of ground cardamom in the mix and sprinkling of rosewater. Finished off when baked with a thin layer of icing, chopped pistachio as well as dried edible Persian rose tea petals which give it a lovely middle eastern feel. Not only are they beautiful too look at, the flavours are well balanced. I do think however, I'll add more cardamom next time just for that extra punch. But for now, whilst I sit and enjoy the sunshine, every bite is ambrosia! Happy Friday to you all
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A Note From Suchi Modi

Cardamom and rose are match made in heaven. It's a backbone of many desserts in Middle East and India.
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