As we come upon the last days of Ramadan, it’s time to prep for the joyous celebration of Eid. The holiday is traditionally marked with new clothes, visits from extended families, tons of good food and endless desserts.
Ramadan desserts are more than gulab jamuns, cupcakes and cookies. Rich and delectable are two things that come to mind when it comes to Arabic desserts. The usual suspects are honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg, not to mention endless layers of almonds and cream in these desserts. No complaints here! Whats more, most of the desserts on my must-make list are surprisingly easy to make.
8 Desserts you’ll love for Eid:
Kunafah (also spelled kunefe or kunefeh) is a cheese filled dessert made of shredded phyllo baked until crispy. The traditional Palestinian dish is then soaked with sugar syrup and often topped with pistachios and almonds. The blend of buttery phyllo, sweet cheese and syrup are divine! It’s not the easiest dish to make but definitely worth the effort. Check out this simple recipe for Kanafah.
COCONUT RICE PUDDING
I’m sure you’ve had rice pudding before, but have you ever tried one made with coconut milk? Add some kick to basic rice pudding by using coconut milk, cinnamon, cardamom, almonds, and raisins. Check out this recipe for rice pudding.
Side note: Mangos or peaches not only add color but a whole pop of flavor as well to this dessert.
Turks and Greeks still battle over who created the baklava first. But no matter who created the dessert, we’re so glad it’s here. This dessert of flaky goodness has a crunch to it and it’s so sweet you never need more than 2 pieces to fill you up. Don’t take the basic route and just buy baklava, make it yourself with this recipe.
This mini dessert is a popular Egyptian almond and coconut dish. It’s a chewy cake made with semolina, shredded coconut, water, and condensed milk. The blend is baked until golden and garnished with almonds. It’s not as sticky or sweet as a baklava but delicious just the same. It’s the perfect snack to pair with your afternoon chai. Check out how to make it here.
Dates are traditionally the first thing Muslims eat when they break their fasts during Ramadan. The month is over and you know there’s still 1/4 box of dates still in the fridge. Re-purpose those leftover Ramadan dates to create a cake! Check out this date cake recipe.
Fun fact: Date cake and date bread are actually popular British dishes and are made during Christmas time in some families as well.
The aroma of Layali Lubnan’s will have you seduced. This Lebanese dish is a creamy layered pudding. The bottom layer is a thicker pudding base made with condensed milk, semolina, rose water and orange blossom water. It’s then topped with a layer of cream then pistachios and other nuts you prefer. Try it yourself with this recipe here.
Vermicelli pudding repurposes the pasta as a dessert. South Asians and Persians use vermicelli in many desserts including the ice cream treat Falooda. In this pudding, the vermicelli is drowned in a pool of sweet pudding, this milk-based dessert will hit the spot. It’s like kheer 2.0, I promise, check out how to make this dish here. For a festive look, you can even find colorful vermicelli to use in your dish.
Saved the best for last! As a kid, I looked forward to Eid so I could indulge in my aunt’s Umm Ali, it’s one of my favorite desserts. Named after a fierce Egyptian queen, this bread pudding soaks croissants, raisins, coconut, almonds, and pistachios in a milky base. Check out how to make this dish here.
Pro tip: Cut your croissants into small pieces so it’s easier to serve, and fresh fruit toppings like bananas and strawberries are a delicious accent to the dish.