Middle Eastern sweets Desserts, pastries, creams & treats

Salma Hage

Book - 2021

The latest culinary treat from Salma Hage, one of the Middle East's most-loved home cooks - an authentic, indulgent collection of dessert recipes for all tastes and occasions. Whether you start your day with something sweet, finish it with something sweet, or make sure sweets are within reach all day long, you'll find serious inspiration in the pages of Salma Hage's latest cookbook for home cooks. The Middle East's wide range of cultures, ingredients, and influences informs t...he array of dishes she includes - spiced cookies, cream-filled pancakes, aromatic pastries, and delicious cakes - with recipes that are easy to follow and celebrate simple-to-source spices and taste combinations. With natural sweeteners such as dates and honey often used in place of refined sugar, and alternate protein sources including nuts and yogurt, and including recipes that are naturally gluten-free, vegan, nut-free and dairy-free, this is the ideal book for both everyday family or festive meals.

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Subjects
Genres
Cookbooks
Published
London : Phaidon Press Limited 2021.
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
239 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN
183866338X
9781838663384
Main Author
Salma Hage (author)
  • Introduction
  • Cookies
  • Pancakes
  • Filo & dough
  • Sweets, syrups & confectionary
  • Ice cream
  • Cakes
  • Fruit
  • Sweet breads & dough
  • Creams & puddings
  • Drinks
  • Glossary.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Lebanese-born, London-based chef Hage follows her James Beard Award–winning The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook with another authentic and accessible collection, this one offering more than 100 recipes for sweets including rosewater-scented cookies, tahini-rich cakes, and beyond. Her extensive knowledge of Middle Eastern baking traditions is evidenced in her informative commentary on the area's history, culinary traditions, and distinctive ingredients. Many may not know, for example, that Iran exports 92% of the world's saffron, or that the "pillowy" stuffed Arabic pancake qatayef dates all the way back to a 10th-century Arabic cookbook. Among the many standout recipes are Lebanese stuffed cookies (ma'moul), enriched with dates, nuts, rose water, and mahleb, an aromatic cherry seed spice; Moroccan snake cake (m'hanncha), an eye-catching confection made with ropes of filo stuffed with a cinnamon and cardamom-scented filling; and a decadent vegan date cake made from apples and medjool dates. Though she includes a helpful ingredients glossary and encourages cooks to stick with the real thing, Hage does provide room for substitutes, such as switching to almond extract in place of mahleb. For bakers inspired by international cuisines, this excellent compilation provides no shortage of delectable ideas. (Jul.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"An engagingly personal mixture ... [with] a classical elegance and a bright modern sensibility." - Nigella LawsonThe latest culinary treat from Salma Hage, one of the Middle East's most-loved home cooks - an authentic, indulgent collection of dessert recipes for all tastes and occasionsWhether you start your day with something sweet, finish it with something sweet, or make sure sweets are within reach all day long, you'll find serious inspiration in the pages of Salma Hage's latest cookbook for home cooks. The Middle East's wide range of cultures, ingredients, and influences informs the array of dishes she includes - spiced cookies, cream-filled pancakes, aromatic pastries, and delicious cakes - with recipes that are easy to follow and celebrate simple-to-source spices and taste combinations. With natural sweeteners such as dates and honey often used in place of refined sugar, and alternate protein sources including nuts and yogurt, and including recipes that are naturally gluten-free, vegan, nut-free and dairy-free, this is the ideal book for both everyday family or festive meals.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The latest culinary treat from Salma Hage, one of the Middle East's most-loved home cooks - an authentic, indulgent collection of dessert recipes for all tastes and occasions

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"An engagingly personal mixture ... [with] a classical elegance and a bright modern sensibility." - Nigella Lawson

The latest culinary treat from Salma Hage, one of the Middle East's most-loved home cooks - an authentic, indulgent collection of dessert recipes for all tastes and occasions

Whether you start your day with something sweet, finish it with something sweet, or make sure sweets are within reach all day long, you'll find serious inspiration in the pages of Salma Hage's latest cookbook for home cooks. The Middle East's wide range of cultures, ingredients, and influences informs the array of dishes she includes - spiced cookies, cream-filled pancakes, aromatic pastries, and delicious cakes - with recipes that are easy to follow and celebrate simple-to-source spices and taste combinations. With natural sweeteners such as dates and honey often used in place of refined sugar, and alternate protein sources including nuts and yogurt, and including recipes that are naturally gluten-free, vegan, nut-free and dairy-free, this is the ideal book for both everyday family or festive meals.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

The latest culinary treat from Salma Hage, one of the Middle East's most-loved home cooks - an authentic, indulgent collection of dessert recipes for all tastes and occasions