Pickled Beets … مخلل الشمندر

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Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs. beets
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 tsp whole allspice
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 cups vinegar
  • ½ cup water

Method:

  • Boil beets until tender and remove skins. Tie spices in cheesecloth. Heat vinegar, water, sugar and spices to boiling point. Add beets and boil 5 minutes. Pack in sterile jars and fill with hot liquid. Seal.
  • Enjoy!!
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Jibnieh ( deep fried cheese dough squares ) جبنية

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbs cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tbs oil
  • 1 tsp sugar

For syrup you need:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Method:

  1. Start with preparing the syrup. In a medium size pot add water and sugar and stir until sugar dissolves.
  2. Let boil over a medium high heat for five minutes.
  3. Add lemon juice and stir. Let it boil for another five minutes.
  4. Turn heat off and set syrup aside.

For dough:

  1. In a bowl of a standing mixer add all ingredients and knead until combine and form a stif dough ( the stiffness the dough the crispness the dessert will be after frying ) so if you find the dough soft add a little more flour. 
  2. Keep kneading for 3 minutes. If using your hands instead of the mixer you have to knead the dough more than 5 minutes.
  3. Cover the dough, and let it rest up to 1 hour
  4. After double in size bunch the dough down and divide it into four equal parts.
  5. Roll out each part into 1/2 inch thickness.
  6. With the pizza cutter or the knife, cut the dough into squares ( I like to use the zigzag cutter )
  7. Preheat oil to 375 F.
  8. Fry the dough squares until golden brown.
  9. In a big bowl add the syrup. Dip the squares in syrup
  10. Drain and serve.
  11. Enjoy!!😊