Ka’ik Biscuit Cookies

Ka'ik Anise Biscuits, MaureenAbood.com

There are many different versions of Lebanese ka’ik. These biscotti-like crunchy Ka’ik Biscuit Cookies are flavored with anise, rose water and turmeric. There’s a great divide here, as I’m sure there must be where you are, over the flavor of black licorice. This is anise, a flavor that brings intense joy to the face and…

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Favorite Lebanese Recipes for Fall: preserves and dried mint

While they call the recent full moon the “harvest moon” for a reason—the harvest is full-on, right—I get the distinct sense that the canning and preserving is far from full-on. It’s more like pulling the last of whatever we can into the sugar, the freezer, the vinegar brine. I know that for me, once I…

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Lebanese Glazed Sweet Bread, Ka’ik

There are many versions of Lebanese ka’ik (or ka’ak), some biscuit-like and others bread-like. I grew up with the latter, a Lebanese glazed sweet bread which is fragrant with spices and subtly sweet. Eat the breads any time of the day: toasted for breakfast, as acompanion to a cup of tea in the afternoon, or…

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Lebanese Fig Jam with Anise, a full jar

Ever since my cousins and I had what can only be described as an extremely fun baking disaster day a couple of years ago, I’ve been on the hunt to learn Lebanese flatbread from a pro, the way my Sitto taught me far too long ago. Turns out that’s a tall order, since very few…

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Ingredient: Anise

There is no flavor that reminds me more of my mother than anise. She is the only person I know whose favorite candy is soft black licorice. Anything that even hints of anise makes her close her eyes and breathe deeply: Ellen Fata’s frosted anise Christmas cookies, the Lebanese fig jam we’re making this week.…

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