Balah El Sham - a sinfully delicious pastry from Middle East


Balah El Sham is a popular sweet that is crisp on the outside, but moist and juicy inside. This age-old Middle Eastern pastry speciality is easy to make and sinfully delicious too.

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100 gm salted butter

200 gm flour

2 eggs

2 cups sugar

3 lemon slices

Oil for frying

Fried pistachios


Melt butter in a cup of hot water

Add the flour to it, mix well and switch off the flame

Transfer this into a bowl, add the eggs and whisk with a hand blender

Wait till it turns into a soft dough

Transfer the dough into a pastry bag fitted with a star-tip nozzle

Gently push the dough (about 5 cm long) into the oil and fry it till all the sides turn golden brown

To make the syrup

Melt two cups of sugar in two cups of water along with the lemon slices

Stir it for 20 minutes over a low flame

Turn off the stove and allow the syrup to cool a bit

Dip the fritters in the sugar syrup as soon as they are fried

Turn them over gently

Take them out and sprinkle pistachios on the top

Serve hot or cold.

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