We are in the last day of Ramadan and approaching the celebration of Eid al Fitr, marking the end of the 30-day period of fasting. There is definitely a change of atmosphere during the time of Eid in the UAE, it is a time for celebration and reflection.
Let’s look upon the traditions of celebrating Eid in the UAE…
Typically the day of Eid starts with an early prayer followed by a breakfast with a variety of sweets, biscuits and desserts, which women prepared a day ahead. All day long families will visit each other houses, dressed in their best. This is traditionally very important as they are showing unity as a family. At this time Eid money known as ‘Eidiya’ are given to the children. The families will then gather for a big lunch, where local rice, meat and fish dishes are served.
On this special occasion of Eid, I would like to post a sweet recipe, which you can share with your friends and family.
Mini Kunafa with Cream
A famous arabic dessert -Kunafa, made of shreded Phyllo dough, can be made in a handy alluminium cups, so convinient for a large Eid gathering. The cream cheese feeling is very simple in this recipe.
For around 25 cups:
- 500 g kunafa dough
- 150 g melted butter
- 1/2 tsp orange or red food coloring
- 2 small packs thick cream (qeimar)
- grated mozzarella (optional)
- ground pistashious
- for sugar syrup: 2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 cup water
- Tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp rose water
- Prepare sugar syrup by boiling water with sugar and lemon for 15 min. Take out from heat and mix with rose water.
- Prepare the kunafa: Break kunafa dough using processor or sizars.
- Melt butter in microwave and mix well with food coloring.
- Pour butter into kunafa dough and mix with hand for around 10 min.
- In alluminium cups lay a portion of kunafa dough around 1 1/2 tbsp, pressing with fingers to the bottom and sides of the cup.
- Top the kunafa with a cream directly from the packet flatten with spoon and sprinkle with Mozarella cheese.
- Cover with one more tbsp of kunafa dough, pressing well on top.
- Place cups on a tray and bake in preheated oven using upper heat at the end until its crispy and browned.
- Pour cold sugar syrup over hot kunafa cups and garnish with pistashious.
Let the Kunafa rest in the room tempreture for a while and serve!
You can also flip it to the serving plates or paper molds.
This year is the first time for me to participate in the special Eid party – Eid Eats, hosted by three bloggers: My Ninja Naan, Flour & Spice and Chocolate & Chillies, which shares Eid recipes from all over the world.
Click on this graphic to head over to the party and see what everyone else is bringing.