This is one of my favorite Egyptian desserts that my mom used to make while we were growing up. Serve hot or cooled.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
26 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
1 hr 6 mins
Servings:
40
Yield:
40 servings
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Ingredients

40
Original recipe yields 40 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil; stir until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium; add lime juice. Simmer until flavors combine, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir 1 teaspoon vanilla extract into the syrup; let cool.

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  • Stir 2 cups water, 1 cup sugar, vegetable oil, and salt together in a pot over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Add flour; stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until batter forms into a ball. Cook until batter is shiny, about 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl; allow to cool, about 5 minutes.

  • Flatten batter into the bottom of the bowl. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla extract; mix until batter is creamy. Pour into a cloth piping bag fitted with a large star tip.

  • Heat corn oil in a deep saucepan over medium heat until bubbly; reduce heat to medium-low. Squeeze 2 inches of batter onto an oiled spatula and lower into the hot oil; repeat until saucepan is full. Cook, turning occasionally, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer pastries to a paper bag to drain, about 30 seconds.

  • Soak hot pastries in syrup; transfer to a plate to cool, about 5 minutes.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

184 calories; protein 1.1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 13.4g 4% DV; fat 14.3g 22% DV; cholesterol 18.6mg 6% DV; sodium 37.4mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2020
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Rating: 1 stars
07/03/2019
The proportions are way off with this recipe. I couldn't even finish making it. I should have looked for other Balah el Sham recipes before trying this one. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
07/03/2019
The proportions are way off with this recipe. I couldn't even finish making it. I should have looked for other Balah el Sham recipes before trying this one. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2020
Loved it Read More