As the holy month draws to a close, Eid, the festival of breaking the fast begins. A joyous occasion for Muslims all over the globe who have observed the fasting from dawn till dusk, throughout Ramadan.
The celebrations, unsurprisingly feature lots of food and drink. Coming together of friends, family and communities to eat and drink means lots of food preparation. For many, tasty treats are baked and shared with neighbours or the wider community.
In light of the event, we thought we’d share a few of our favourite dessert recipes for Eid.
This milky pudding is made using vermicelli, milk, dates and a whole host of nuts. Generally, sheer khurma is enjoyed after the days first namaz (prayer).
You can follow this link for a recipe to make the delicious Sheer Khurma
Of Turkish origin, baklava has been enjoyed for at least two thousand years, dating back to the times of the Byzantine Empire. There are many different varieties and takes on baklava, but the basics are, layered filo pastry filled with nuts, soaked in a rose sugar syrup or honey.
Here’s a link to one of our favourite baklava recipes.
Originating in India, and Pakistan’s national dessert, Gulab Jamun is made using fried dough balls which are covered in a sweet, sticky syrup. The aromatic flavour of the syrup is achieved with saffron, cardamom and rose water.
Here’s a great recipe for Gulab Jamun.
Kahk Eid Cookies
No Eid would be complete without kahk cookies. Originally an Egyptian dish dating back to the 10th century, they traditionally had the odd gold coin hidden inside and were given to the poor. Since then, they tend to just be filled with nuts or honey. Delicate, crumbly and delightful, they are a popular Eid tradition for many.
You can find a recipe for kahk cookies here.
Maamoul Date Filled Cookies
Another popular cookie to share with neighbours and guests are maamoul. Often filled with dates, these delightful little treats are often baked over several days before the end of Ramadan. They have a good shelf life, lasting 2-3 weeks if stored properly.
Whatever you decide for your desserts this Eid, be sure to check our Baking Corner. At Chef’s Play, we pride ourselves on sourcing the best ingredients from around the world, so you can make the most of your time in the kitchen.