Light as a feather, crunchy as a newly fallen leaf in the fall, stuffed with delicious semolina pudding and sprinkled with icing sugar. Tamreyah is a traditional Palestinian dessert, to be specific it is a Nabulsi dessert, that is a delight to your eyes and taste buds. An Arabic dessert at its best.
I’ve never heard or had Nabulsi Tamriya before, but it sounded so doable and easy to make for my guests one shiny day. It reminded me of a kind of sweet feteer that is stuffed with pudding and lots of nuts, we used to have in our summer visits to Ras El Barr back in Egypt.
Tamryieh is a very traditional dessert during the holy month of Ramadan, so I am surprised that I did not hear about it or have it before.
The idea is so easy and clever, you make a dough and stretch it so thin like we do when we make feteer, then instead of nesting the dough layers, you just stuff it with a creamy, firm semolina filling, then deep fried, sprinkle it with some sugar and enjoy when it is hot. This dessert has to be hot, this is its prime time.
I’ve made a big batch, stuffed it and stored it in a single layer on a greased Pyrex on the fridge, we enjoyed this over the course of 5 days. Each day I pull out some and fry then serve immediately. I’ve served it to my family and my friends, and let me tell you, I’ve seen expressions that I liked on their faces.
All my three kids loved it specially my oldest who is a pudding lover, it was really hard to keep his hands away from it, and it deserves the calories… really.
I highly recommend this dessert for your next culinary adventure, hope you’ll enjoy making and eating like we did…. See you on the next recipe. Enjoy!!
For the dough
- 2 1/4 cup AP. flour.
- Pinch of salt.
- 3/4 cup water.
- Oil to cover the dough and we’ll use it later for frying.
For the filling
- 1 1/2 cup semolina.
- 1 1/2 cup sugar.
- 6 cup water.
- 1/2 Tbsp orange blossom water. OR
- 10 mastic crushed.
- Confectioners sugar and crushed pistachios.
- Mix flour and salt in your mixer bowl and gradually add water until the dough gets separated from the sides of the bowl.
- Keep kneading until you get a nice elastic dough.
- Divide the dough into 6 equal parts.
- Place the dough pieces in a deep bowl, add enough oil to cover and let it rest for at least 4 hours, the more the better.
- Meanwhile make the filling by adding all the ingredients on a medium heat until it thickens.
- Pour into a 13X9 pan and refrigerate until ready to use.
- When the dough is ready take one ball roll it thin, then cut into 4 equal parts.
- Take the filling out of the fridge and cut into 24 equal squares.
- Take one square and place it in the center of one part of the dough, press lightly to flatten a bit.
- Fold the dough over the filling to form a square as shown below.
- Heat oil and fry until all sides are golden brown.
- Sprinkle top with powdered sugar and pistachios.Serve immediately.