Asabe Zainab translates to “Zainab’s Fingers,” and it is a traditional Middle Eastern dessert that is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It is usually served during the holy month of Ramadan or whenever guests visit, accompanied by a cup of Arabic coffee. These treats are light and sweet.

Zainab’s Fingers Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 cups of fine wheat semolina
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground anise seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of instant yeast
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of warm water (for the dough)
  • 1 cup of sugar syrup
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Zainab’s Fingers Preparation:

  1. Mix flour, semolina, baking powder, sugar, anise, salt, and yeast in a bowl.
  2. Add olive oil and mix with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Gradually add water and knead by hand until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.
  4. Cover the dough and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  5. Form small balls of dough, then gently press each piece on a grater and roll it to create a shape similar to gnocchi.
  6. Heat the oil and fry in hot oil, stirring for a few minutes until they turn golden brown.
  7. Place them in cold syrup for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Transfer to a serving plate. Serve warm or cold.
Zainab's Fingers Recipe
Zainab’s Fingers

Origin and Tradition

Makrúm is an Arab dessert with a rich history and tradition. It has been passed down through generations, and its unique flavor is a true delight for dessert lovers. This recipe allows you to enjoy a piece of Arab culture in the comfort of your home.

We hope this recipe inspires you to try this delicious traditional Arab dessert. Enjoy every bite and share this culinary tradition with your loved ones!

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