Monday, June 22, 2015

Asabea Zainab (Zainab’s fingers) recipe

Asabea Zainab is a middle eastern dessert that is crunchy on the outside and soft from inside. It is commonly served during the holy month of Ramadan.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Yield: 30 fingers

  • 1 cup semolina
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon anise powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 - 2 cups sugar syrup (sugar syrup recipe here)
  • oil to be used in deep frying
Cooking Directions
  1. Combine the flour, semolina, sugar, anise powder, instant yeast and salt in a bowl 
  2. Add the oil, water and knead the dough well 
  3. Cut a small part of the dough about 2 inches in size, press and roll it on a shredder to create its shape as demonstrated in the video
  4. Deep fry them in hot oil on low heat until they become golden in color

  5. Drain them from the oil and dip them in the sugar syrup
  6. Drain them from the syrup and put them on the serving plate
  7. Decorate and chill until served
  8. Serve it cold


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  2. Have you thought about making a sugar-free version of this? and also can you give us a calorie breakdown for this? Good wishes from