Halewe Bil Debs
halewe bil debs is a dessert composed of whole-wheat flour
and grape molasses. This cookie keeps well. Simple, ingredients
are all at hand. Carob or grape molasses add a sweet taste;
the white imported sugar was rare in rural areas. In this
preparation, the mahlab perfumes the biscuit. It is an aromatic
spice made from the crushed pit of the black cherry.
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Rural Taste of Lebanon
Cooking time: 45 min
For 20 cookies
500 g (17.5 oz) whole-wheat flour
40 g (1.4 oz) butter
300 g (10 oz) grape molasses
20 cl (6.5 fl oz) olive oil
10 g (0.3 oz) almond powder
5 g (0.17 oz) sesame seeds
1/4 teaspoon mahlab
1. The night before, take out the butter and the grape molasses
from the refrigerator and left them melt at room temperature.
2. In a saucepan, sift the flour and place over low heat
for about 45 minutes. Stir slowly until golden.
3. In a bowl, mix flour, mahlab, molasses, butter and olive
oil. Knead until the mixture blends well.
4. Spread even the dough on a serving plate using the rolling
5. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and almond.