Balah el Sham (Egyptian Choux Pastry)


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

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
26 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 6 mins
40 servings


  • 3 cups water, divided

  • 2 cups white sugar, divided

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided

  • 2 ½ cups vegetable oil

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 4 eggs

  • 2 cups corn oil


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 (per serving)

184 Calories
14g Fat
13g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 40
Calories 184
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 37mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 30mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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