To celebrate the ending of the olive harvest, the housewives prepare a sweet dough, Zalebieh, that is fried in the new olive oil. This is the tradition at my village. It is the Lebanese way of preparing doughnuts.
Even though, there is still few days to finish the olive pressing, my mom wanted to prepare the sweets during the past weekend since we were there.
I love the Zalebieh alot, I love its texture, its flavor. We use different kinds of spices. Nutmeg, anise, mahlab. The dough is kneaded few times and is left wrapped with warm clothes for few hours to rise.
This time, we fried the doughs in olive oil, the new pressed one, two weeks aged. I felt something spicy when I took the first bite, an unusual taste, not related to the spices we used which weren’t that spicy. This sharp strong taste goes to the taste of olive oil. I remembered that feeling when I first tasted the olive oil, plain, I felt something sharp, hot at the back of my mouth. It was a tasty great flavor.
I would like to share with you this “delicious” picture since the main topic is “new olive oil”. This bread is baked on the saj, it is used for the man’oushe, a very delicious breakfast dough topped with zaatar mixture. So I dipped this fresh warm plain bread in the olive oil, and you won’t believe how delicious it is. Extremely delicious.
Before I end this post, I would like to say that I added in the previous post, Olive Harvest, two pictures that I couldn’t shoot last weekend because it rained and it was impossible to go olive harvesting. So I went the past weekend to the field, and I helped the guys a little and took these two pictures.
– 1 kilo bread flour
– 1 tsp mahlab
– 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
– 1 tsp ground anis
– 2 tsp dry yeast
– 1 1/2 cup sugar
– 1 cup warm water or more till the dough looks loose
– sesame to sprinkle
– olive oil, for frying
Mix all the dry ingredients together then add the water and knead few times. The dough doesn’t form a whole ball like making bread but is little more loose. Then set aside in a warm place for few hours to rise.
Heat the olive oil, sprinkle some sesame over the dough and with your fingers grab a small ball, form a long piece like in the picture then fry it on both sides.
Enjoy it warm.