Dahdah دحدح semolina cake

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A very famous Palestinian sweet treat, semolina cake with a generous sprinkle of cinnamon in the middle and dusted with icing sugar.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cup semolina 
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup veg oil
  • 1 cup plain yogurt room temp
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tbs Cinnamon powder for filling
  • Icing sugar for dusting 

Method:

  1. Mix all dry ingredients until combined
  2. Add wet ingredients and mix well to form a cake batter
  3. Spray a Pyrex pan with nonstick spray
  4. Spread 1/3 of the batter in the bottom of the pan
  5. Sprinkle cinnamon on top.
  6. With a spoon spread the rest of the batter on top and even it out
  7. Let rest for 15 minutes
  8. Meanwhile preheat oven to 375F.
  9. Bake on the middle rack of the preheated oven until golden brown
  10. Let it cool down and then sprinkle the cake with powdered sugar and cut it into desired shape.

Enjoy!

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Lahmeh ala waraa لحمة على ورقة ground beef patties in grape leaves

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Delicious Palestinian dish that consists of ground beef patties tucked in grape leaves, topped with tomatoes, onion and garlic. And drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice.  My mom used to serve it with a special homemade flat bread and I am following her steps.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion grated
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder 
  • 2 small tomatoes sliced
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 1 potato thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic mashed
  • 2/3 cup beef or chicken broth
  • 20-25 fresh grape leaves boiled in water for 5 minutes. If using the Jared grape leaves, you have to boil them in water for 30 minutes.

Method:

  1. In a bowl add ground beef, grated onion and all the spices, mix well.

Divide meat into egg size balls

  1. In an oven safe dish, arrange the potatoes sliced on the bottom.
  2. On a large, flat plate lay 2 or 3 grape leaves, add a slice of tomato and top it with a ball of the meat in the middle. Flatten the meat. Overlap the leaves to cover the meat totally.
  3. Lay the stuffed grape leaf pieces on top of the potatoes.
  4. Top the stuffed grape leaves with the rest of the tomatoes and onion slices.
  5. Dot the top with crushed garlic and drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice.
  6. Add broth and cover the dish with aluminum foil.
  7. Preheat oven to 400F.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes.
  9. Take aluminum foil off and broil to obtain a nice color.

Enjoy with my mom’s flat bread! Recipe follows.

Bread ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk

Method:

  1. Mix all ingredients together. Dough should be liquidy like crepe dough.
  2. Let rest for 15 minutes
  3. Preheat a round nonstick skillet on mid heat.
  4. Pour a 1/4 cup of the dough in the skillet and try to move the skillet around to shape a circle. When done, flip one side over for a minute.

Enjoy