An Eastern Mediterranean Delight With Carob!
It is carob season! How about preparing bread, cakes and biscuits with carob molasses instead of sugar!?
Before the autumn season spreads its rain over the fields, carob pods are picked and pressed to extract carob molasses. Carob Molasses has been used for culinary purposes since the olden days. Some eat it as is, like honey on a piece of bread. Others use it as a healthy sweet substitute instead of cocoa in baking cookies, biscuits and cakes.
In the Eastern Mediterranean countries they also add it in stews, savory dishes and mezze to flavor up the dishes with a sweet taste; for example there’s a mezze dish that is prepared from pulp of grilled eggplant, crushed almonds and carob molasses that is known by “Nazuktan”. Here also they eminently add it to tahini with a ratio of 1:1 (equal amounts) and then spoon it on bread as an afternoon snack.
As it has a sweet taste, there’s a famous dessert prepared with carob molasses known by Lebanese Carob Molasses Cake or Sfouf Bi Dibs in Arabic. It’s very tasty and can be easily prepared; the sugar has been replaced with carob molasses. We have shared the recipe below for your own use.
3 cups Semolina Flour
3 cups Flour
1 cup Vegetable oil
2 tsps Baking powder
2 tsps Aniseed powder
1 tsp Vanilla powder
1½ cup Al Wadi Al Akhdar Carob Molasses
1½ cup Water
2 tbsps Al Wadi Al Akhdar Tahini
Sesame Seeds, Almonds or Pine nuts
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (°C). In a bowl, mix semolina, flour, baking powder, aniseed and vanilla, then add the oil and stir to make a paste. Add water and carob molasses gradually to the flour and spices paste, and mix using an electric cake mixer. Grease the baking dish with Tahini and pour batter. Make sure it’s flat and even. Sprinkle with sesame, pine nuts or decorate with almonds. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until golden-brown. Allow to cool for 15 minutes. Cut in to pieces like you do for brownies and serve.
The recipe can also be found at our website >> http://www.alwadi-alakhdar.com/recipe/sfouf-bi-dibs
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