Awwamat Or Crisp Doughnut Balls

6 Jan

Today is the Epiphany. For the Eastern Christians, it is the holiday where we celebrate the baptisim of Jesus in the Jordan river. Our tradition involves, on the Epiphany Eve,  in addition to the preparation of different desserts, to knead a small piece of dough, place one or two coins in the middle, fold the edges onto the coin and leave it either in the closet, or outside the balcony, so that when Jesus “passes by” on that night, he blesses the dough to more prosperous time.

I await this time of year impatiently, why, because I love the desserts we make. At home, we prepare zalebieh, maacroun, and awwamat, in arabic it means floaters, because they float when fried and when soaked in the sugar syrup. It’s a fried small doughs, ball- shaped, made with few ingredients, flour, water, yeast and mahlab; then dipped in Qater while still hot so they absorb the syrup well. I love their sweet softness. So delicious, that the whole batch was over in just one day.


– 2 cups cake flour

– 2 cups water

– 1 tsp instant dry-yeast

– 1 tsp mahlab

– oil, for frying

Qater, to soak in the awwamat

– Bring to boil 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a pan. Stiring occasionaly. When abit thick, put a squeeze of lemon. Remove from heat.

Mix all the ingredients together and let the batter rest to rise. Then heat oil for frying and drop ball-shape dough into the oil. When brown colored remove from oil and toss in the sugar syrup, Qater. Then remove and place in another bowl.




6 Responses to “Awwamat Or Crisp Doughnut Balls”

  1. Dimah January 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    These look perfect! So yummy

    • Fragolina January 8, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

      Welcome back Dimah… I love awwamat…. so delicious.

  2. Confettina January 8, 2011 at 5:49 am #

    I miss awwamet! Thanks for posting the recipe. I’ll try them some time soon. Like last year, this year we made ‘galette des rois’ with our friends (I didn’t do it, I only did the lemonade!) and it was really yummy. I’ll get the recipe and post it. I’m sure you’ll love it.
    3a2bel kil siné.

    • Fragolina January 8, 2011 at 9:43 am #

      I love awwamet. My sister got une galette des rois from Paris yesterday, it was delicious (and I loved the small trinket inside) I would love to make one at home, but not this time, sure in the future I will. As you know, I’m so impatient to bake alot of things…:)

  3. bagnidilucca January 6, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    These look interesting.

    • Fragolina January 7, 2011 at 6:54 am #

      They are so delicious and yummiii too!!

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