Barazék


Barazek

Mesopotamia was a vast area that extended from the Tigris river to the Euphrates and beyond up to the Mediterranean Sea. That part included modern countries of Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel and Jordan. This area is called Fertile Crescent because if its shape. The first settlers in the region were the Sumerians and they developed an important civilization.

Because of its fertile soil, that area was among the first that was inhabited by people, in their effort to be close to water for drinking and growing crops. Although different civilizations had different ideas and structure, they shared many common things.

Barazek

Sumerians developed an important civilization. They took advantage of the water by digging canals and building dams to control seasonal floods. In writing, which perhaps is the most important contribution of Sumerian civilization, they used a way of writing called cuneiform consisting of 1,200 different characters. Sumerians were the first who used wheel in a carriage and they introduced vehicles in military with the development of chariot. In mathematics, the 60-minute hour, 60-second minute and 360-degrees circle we use today, they all come from Sumerians. As a result of all these, Mesopotamia is called “the cradle of civilization”. It was them who invented the idea of an organized human society.

As my son goes to an international school, his history course introduces children to several different civilizations and periods of time. After reading his lesson, he comes to me to hold his book and check whether he understood the key facts of each lesson. Although it is sometimes overwhelming coming back from a tiring day at work and having to do this as well, I must admit that I have learned so many new things and was reminded of certain facts that I have forgotten from my school years. I told him that when he finishes with this book, I am going to take it and read it in my own time.

Barazek

Ancient history is an inextricable part of Mediterranean and Middle East and we all share some common ideas, origins and customs. I only feel sad that instead of focusing on all the common things we share, some choose to invest on the differences and support violence and war. You all know about the refugee crisis that is happening in the area here and I am sure you all have heard about all these desperate people who are trying to leave their homeland that is severely abused from war sometimes with lethal results. In Greece now there are over 50,000 refugees who are hemmed in here since European countries have closed their borders. I don’t want to enter in a discussion on the whys the hows and the what’s nexts, it’s a food blog after all, but I can’t help thinking that no matter how much we develop as societies and consider ourselves modern and updated technologically and socially, there are still some dark sides in ourselves, remnants of our cave years that are coming out in the most horrible way.

Because of this entire situation that is going on in my “neighborhood” and after reading about the great civilization that area has produced, I thought of making a Syrian cookie called barazék. These cookies are buttery, short-bread like and they have a delicious taste of roasted sesames on one side and pistachios on the other. They are very easy to make and they pair perfectly with a cup of coffee or tea.

Barazek

 

5.0 from 4 reviews
Barazék
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Dessert
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Syrian / Middle Eastern
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 115 gr. / 4 oz. butter, room temperature
  • 70 gr. / 2.5 oz. caster sugar
  • 200 gr. / 7 oz. (+1 tbsp) all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tbsp. dry milk
  • 40 gr. / 1.5 oz. milk
  • 100 gr. / 3.5 oz. roasted sesame
  • 100 to 120 gr. / 3.5 to 4 oz. pistachios, roughly chopped
  • About ¼ cup honey
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Preheat oven to 175°C / 350°F.
  2. In your stand mixer add the butter and the sugar and mix in medium speed for one minute.
  3. In another bowl mix the flour, baking powder and dry milk.
  4. Throw the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture and whisk with your mixer in medium speed.
  5. Add the milk and continue to mix.
  6. The dough must be soft and come off from the sides of the mixer bowl.
  7. If not, you may need the extra 1 tbsp of flour.
  8. It all depends on the weather conditions the moment you make them.
  9. Mix for a minute or two and then remove the dough from the bowl.
  10. Flour your bench and with a pining wheel roll your dough 0.5 cm / ¼″ thick.
  11. With a cookie cutter cut rounds of 7 cm / 3 in. each.
  12. Place roasted sesame in a plate.
  13. Place parchment paper on cookie trays.
  14. Add small piles of the pistachios about ½ tsp each, leaving about 7 cm / 3 in. distance among them.
  15. Take one cookie disk in your hand.
  16. Brush it with honey.
  17. Put it in the sesame plate with its honeyed side.
  18. Remove and place them on top of the pistachio pile with the side that is clean.
  19. Press gently so as the pistachios to be incorporated in the dough.
  20. Follow the exact same procedure for all the dough.
  21. Place in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until the sides of the cookies start taking and nice golden color.
  22. Remove, let them cool down and serve.
Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Recipe adapted from several sources from the net

 
5.0 from 4 reviews
Μπαραζέκ
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Γλυκό
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Συριακή / Μέση Ανατολή
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 115 γρ. βούτυρο σε θερμοκρασία δωματίου
  • 70 γρ. άχνη ζάχαρη
  • 200 γρ. (+ 1 κ.σ.) αλεύρι για όλες τις χρήσεις
  • ¼ κ.γ. εκχύλισμα βανίλιας
  • ½ κ.γ. μπέικιν πάουντερ
  • 1 ½ κ.σ. γάλα σε σκόνη
  • 40 γρ. γάλα
  • 100 γρ. καβουρδισμένο σουσάμι
  • 100 έως 120 γρ. φιστίκια, χοντροκομμένα
  • Περίπου ¼ φλ. μέλι
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Προθερμαίνετε το φούρνο στους 175° C.
  2. Στο μίξερ προσθέστε το βούτυρο και την ζάχαρη και αναμίξτε στην μεσαία ταχύτητα για ένα λεπτό.
  3. Σε ένα άλλο μπολ ανακατέψτε το αλεύρι, το μπέικιν πάουντερ και το γάλα σε σκόνη.
  4. Ρίξτε το αλεύρι στο μίγμα του βουτύρου/ζάχαρης και χτυπήστε με το μίξερ σε μέτρια ταχύτητα.
  5. Προσθέστε το γάλα και συνεχίστε το ανακάτεμα.
  6. Η ζύμη πρέπει να είναι μαλακή και να ξεκολλάει από τις πλευρές του μπολ.
  7. Αν δεν ξεκολλάει, μπορεί να χρειαστείτε την επιπλέον 1 κουταλιά της σούπας αλεύρι.
  8. Όλα εξαρτώνται από τις καιρικές συνθήκες τη στιγμή που τα φτιάχνετε.
  9. Ανακατέψτε για ένα λεπτό ή δύο, και στη συνέχεια βγάλτε τη ζύμη από το μπολ.
  10. Αλευρώστε τον πάγκο και με τον πλάστη ανοίξτε τη ζύμη σας μισό πόντο λεπτή.
  11. Με ένα καλουπάκι κόψτε στρογγυλά με διάμετρο 7 cm το κάθε ένα.
  12. Τοποθετήστε το σουσάμι σε ένα πιάτο.
  13. Τοποθετήστε το χαρτί ψησίματος σε ένα ταψί.
  14. Προσθέστε μικρές στοίβες από τα φιστίκια περίπου ½ κουταλάκι του γλυκού κάθε μία, αφήνοντας περίπου 7 cm απόσταση μεταξύ τους.
  15. Πάρτε ένα μπισκότο στο χέρι σας.
  16. Αλείψτε με το μέλι.
  17. Βάλτε στο πιάτο με το σουσάμι με τη μελωμένη πλευρά του προς το σουσάμι.
  18. Βγάλτε το και τοποθετήστε το πάνω από τη στοίβα με το φιστίκι με την πλευρά που είναι καθαρή.
  19. Πιέστε απαλά έτσι ώστε τα φιστίκια να κολλήσουν στη ζύμη.
  20. Ακολουθήστε την ίδια διαδικασία για όλη τη ζύμη.
  21. Τοποθετήστε στο φούρνο και ψήστε για περίπου 20 λεπτά ή μέχρι οι πλευρές των μπισκότων να αρχίσουν να παίρνουν ένα ωραίο χρυσαφί χρώμα.
  22. Βγάλτε τα από το φούρνο, αφήστε να κρυώσουν και σερβίρετε.
Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Συνταγή προσαρμογή από διάφορες πηγές στο διαδίκτυο

 

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36 Responses to Barazék

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  1. Miz Helen says:

    Your Barazek looks fantastic, I just love it! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  3. πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα συνταγή! αγαπώ πολύ τα φιστίκια και σε συνδυασμό με όλα τα άλλα υλικά θα πρέπει να είναι υπέροχα μπισκότα!
    φιλιά πολλά Κατερινάκι!

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  5. I love pistachios and sesame seeds. These cookies sound wonderful!

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  7. Karen says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe on Let’s Get Real Link Up. Pistachio’s are yummy and I am sure make these so delicious.

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  9. Sandra says:

    This looks better than the shortbread cookies I’ve eaten with the sesame seeds. Definitely enjoyable with a cup of tea.

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  11. This looks amazing! Looking forward to trying this recipe soon!!

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  13. Susan says:

    I love both shortbread and sesame seeds so I know I would enjoy these very much – especially with a cup of tea.

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  15. This cookies are new to me, but they look delicious. I love how you tied the history and the making of the cookies. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. It is a shame that the world is not able to embrace the sweetness of life as beautifully as you did the sweetness of these cookies. They look delicious.

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  19. Nicky says:

    I wold love these! I haven’t seen anything like it before.

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  21. Hadia says:

    Glad to see these delicacies on your blog. Great post.

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  23. I love shortbread cookies, these sound amazing with the sesames seeds and pistachios, yum!

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  25. grace says:

    pistachios AND sesame seeds–what a treat! these are very unique and VERY appealing!

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  27. mia xara says:

    These cookies look delicious, Katerina! I’ve never seen them before…The picture sequence is very informative :) Have a great day, XOXO

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  29. Debra says:

    These look delicious and I love those serving pieces. You make great points. We should focus on our similarities instead of differences.

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  31. Pam says:

    Very interesting history, Katerina! And you are so right with the remnants of cave years, sad situation. Kudos to the Sumerians with their writing system, scripts; and chariots and all. Your cookies look delicious, I love toasted sesame seeds on cookies and make one at Christmas time, so I have bookmarked this one. Thanks!

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  33. GiGi Eats says:

    I know for a fact I would love this unique eat… As I ADOREEEEE sesame!

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  35. Louise says:

    Hi Katerina:)
    Once again you have reminded us of our beginnings and how with the thought and knowledge of civilizations before us we learned many new things. Some we still use today and will continue to need in the future. Now, if we could only all get along:)

    I think it is wonderful that your son attends international school not only for him but for you too because you pass the refresher courses to us, lol…I don’t know how you keep up with everything, quite honestly:)

    Your cookies sound delightful and perfect for this post. The combination of sesame seeds and pistachios bake in harmony as we all should too:)

    Thank you so much for sharing, Katerina…

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  37. I’ve had these cookies before (from Greek bakeries), but never made them. They’re wonderful, and yours looks absolutely perfect. Terrific post — thanks so much.

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  39. NancyC says:

    These cookies look delicious! If they are buttery and shortbread like, I know I’d love them! :)

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  41. Liz says:

    I love the look and sound of these cookies! With both pistachios and sesame seeds, they must taste amazing!

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  43. Balvinder says:

    I’d love these cookies. I’ve never eaten one but just looking at the photos and ingredient list, I know I’d love.

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  45. Monica says:

    Sesame seeds and pistachios – oh my, that sounds amazing! Love learning about these cookies and great step by step pics.

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  47. Juliana says:

    I have never heard of these cookies…but they sure look great…I love that you have sesame and pistachio…indeed perfect with tea of coffee.
    Have a great week Katerina :)

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  49. Your love of history is almost contagious, even for me a complete history dunce! Your son must get that from you. These cookies sound awesome!

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  51. Sissi says:

    Beautiful unusual cookies and what a wonderful way to finish your beautiful post.

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  53. Ωραιο πράμα!
    Δεν το ηξερα 😉

    Καλό βραδυ!

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  55. Ola says:

    I am still discovering the kitchen of this part of the world so these cookies are sth new for me

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  57. manu says:

    I didn’t know these cookies, thanks for sharing.
    They looks delicious!

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  59. Your posts are so poignant and I usually reminisce about my upbringing while reading. I need this mystic eye candy in my life. Yum!

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  61. Kate says:

    I remember learning about this period in school

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  63. I have made these, they are so good and your look gorgeous.

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  65. This looks delicious! I love desserts with sesame seeds :)

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  67. Oh my gosh! How pretty and delish this barazek looks and sounds, Katerina. I need to give it a go soon! PS: Love that cup saucers set. :)

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  69. I love seedy nutty shortbread-like cookies. These Syrian cookies look terrific, Katerina.

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  71. Beth says:

    A thoughtful, poignant post, Katerina. I wish more people thought the same way – that our similarities are so much greater than our differences, and that we’re richer for knowing and embracing each other’s traditions.

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