Last Friday Karin hosted the summer annual Cooking with Karin! This time we did it a little different, inviting a friend of Karin’s, Sophea, to show us how to cook Arabic food. It was such a treat to spend time and learn to cook with her. We are praying for opportunities to share Christ and are encouraged by her excited and inquisitive spirit. One of the recipes we cooked was called Haresa,”the sweet” of the evening. It was truly delightful, kind of like a sweet corn bread type dessert. The ingredients are Arabic, so you would have to go to your local international market to get them. But the recipe is relatively easy and little time is required so you should definitely try it! We are need a little international cuisine in out lives!
1 cup of semoule- semolina
1 cup of flour
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of coconut
1 cup of yogurt (we made homemade yogurt and used that, but regular plain yogurt will work fine!)
1 cup of vegetable oil
1 ts baking powder
1 ts vanilla
Mix ingredients together in a bowl and then add ½ ts rose water. Keep mixing until paste is all mixed together.
Smear the baking tray with a thin layer of Tahini (sweet tahini). Pour the mix in the try until it is smooth. Bake at 350 until light brown.
For sweeter: Boil 2 cups of water with 4 cups of sugar. Add one cup of lemon squeeze and ¼ ts of rose water at the last minute. Let cool and pour on top of mixture. Broil mixture until edges are little darker brown.
That is it! Easy and fun! Here are a few picture of the process and the finished product, sorry the quality is not that great.
Yummo- it was much better than I thought..and even better the next day!
Have fun with your Arabic goodie!