Sawsan of ‘Chef in Disguise‘ is doc by profession and food blogger by passion. Her blog is fully loaded with delicacies and memories of her hometown in Middle East. Being far away form her country, she cooks those authentic and traditional dishes for her family to keep the spirits high. Today she is sharing with us a delicious ‘Masoub or Malakia’, which is banana and honey bread pudding. So what are you waiting for…do read the post now…
My name is Sawsan and my blog is (Chef in disguise), in it I share my passion for easy authentic middle eastern recipes
First of all, I would like to thank Lubna for having me as a guest on her Ramadan special. It is always a pleasure to connect with other Muslim bloggers from around the globe, sharing recipes, stories and experiences.
As my readers know, I have been an expat in the UAE for the past 2 years. The part I have found the hardest in this whole expat experience is dealing with the nostalgia, especially at times like Ramadan and Eid. There is something sweet and special about spending Ramadan with your family and friends. Buying decorations with the kids then decorating the house with lanterns, stars and crescents Waiting for the declaration of Ramadan and racing to the phone to congratulate loved ones. Going to the Taraweeh prayers. Waking up for sohoor. Having people over for iftar or going to my parents house or the in-laws. Cheering the little ones as they start to fast. So many little details that make Ramdan a true family affair.
Being away from all that for two years in a row has not been easy but for this Ramdan instead of focusing on what’s missing,we have decided to focus on the positives.We bought a new set of decorations (We left ours in Amman when we moved to the UAE), we have charts setup for the kids to encourage them to fast and pray during the holy month, we have a set of activities planned for our little family to do and keep busy during the holy month.
As part of our attempt to brace this expat adventure and make the best out of it,we have also decided to experiment with adding dishes from the local cuisine to our family’s menu. One of the dishes that my kids absolutely loved is Masoob.
Masoub or Malakia is a banana and honey bread pudding if you will. It is popular in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. It is usually served for breakfast or dessert after a meal. The recipe is rather simple and it is a great example of how an outcome can be much greater than the sum of its parts. Masoub is basically whole wheat bread that is processed with mashed bananas, cream and honey.Some like to add dates, others add nuts and raisins and some people even add cheese as a topping. The end result is sweet and fruity from the combination of honey and bananas, the cream adds richness and the bread tones down all the other flavors and adds an earthy nuttiness to the Masoub. If you reduce the amount of cream the Masoub makes a healthy and nutritious way to start the day.On the other hand if you want to serve it as a decadent dessert, adding extra cream and nuts will do the job beautifully.
MASOUB or MALAKIA
- 4 very ripe bananas (1 banana per person)
- 4 whole wheat flatbread loaves
- 4 teaspoons ghee or melted butter (optional)
- 1 can qishta (table cream)
- 1/4 cup Honey (Use more or less to taste)
- Peel and mash the bananas. Set aside in a medium sized bowl.
- Coarsely grind the bread using a food processor or meat grinder. Then add to the banana mixture and mix until combined. The ratio of banana to bread should be about 1:1,one loaf of bread and one banana per person or per serving.
- Add the ghee,half of the cream and the honey and mix until fully incorporated, taste and add more honey if needed.
- Spoon into your serving dish.
- Add your choice of toppings: raisins, almonds, cream, grated cheddar, banana slices (caramelized bananas are heavenly here) or honey on top.
- Serve warm.
Thank you Sawsan for being part of this event and introducing this delectable recipe.
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