If you love Lebanese takeaway food then why not add a desert to your order? The majority of people stick to the staple menu items such as Kofta, Kibbeh and the delicious salad dishes but if you want to be really naughty then why not order up a variety of Lebanese deserts and see which is your favourite?
Some of the best deserts are listed below – try them and see!
These are similar to the western variety although tastier, and they form part of the celebration of Ghatas or Christ’s baptismal night. They are made from flour, which is sifted and mixed with Laban and Soda and kneaded into dough. Olive oil is heated until smoking and the dough is added. The frying takes only a few minutes and the doughnuts are removed, drained on absorbent paper and then covered in Gater, which is a thin sugary syrup.
Bitter Orange Peel in Syrup
As the name suggests, this is made from bitter oranges which are grated to remove some of the oil and bitterness. The skin is sectioned and removed from the orange before threading onto a needle using a heavy thread. The peel is then boiled gently until soft and soaked in cold water for five days. The water is changed twice a day during the five days. Finally the peel is boiled in thick syrup, made from 50% sugar and water, for 30 minutes. A small amount of lemon juice is added. The final dish is either the peel removed and rolled in granulated sugar or left in the sugary syrup. Both are absolutely delicious!
The figs are pressed lightly in the centre using the fingers and placed on a straw tray to dry. When they have dried, they are dipped individually into boiling water to which has been added a small amount of Anise seed. After several minutes the figs are again dried before packing away for future eating, normally in tins with tight fitting lids or heavy cloth bags. The Anise is an excellent preservative which protects the figs from insects and worms until the figs are ready to be consumed.
This is a Phylo pastry which is layered with various nuts and baked in the oven. Once removed from the oven it is drizzled with sweet syrup. The dish has many variants across the Middle East but the Lebanese version is the best!
So – give yourself a real treat and order a mezze of deserts from your local Lebanese takeaway!
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