Asabe’ Zainab


Eid Mubarak Friends. I hope that each one of you are enjoying your Eid holiday and have a blessed one at that. Asabe’ Zainab translates to Zaiab’s fingers in Arabic and are a popular dessert made in the Gulf during Ramadan and Eid. The rest of the Arab countries also have a sweet named this, but they are not the same. This is a lot like some sort of doughnut. The pieces of dough are lightly fried and then sprinkled with sugar and then served with Saudi Qahwa or tea.

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoons oil
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon yeast
Sunflower oil, for frying

1. In a small bowl, add yeast, a spoon of sugar and warm water, mix and allow to sit for 5 minutes until frothy.

2. Meanwhile, In a mixing bowl, add flours, sugar, oil, egg, vanilla and yeast, mix well. Add milk a little at a time until dough consistency has formed. Add more or less if needed. Roll into a ball and then lightly cover outside with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm place for 1 hour.

3. In an iron skillet on medium heat, add oil, about 1 inch. On a non-stick baking mat lightly floured rolling long, thin pieces of the dough and with a fork make criss cross patterns, then with a butter knife cut a 1 inch piece and place into hot oil. Fry on each side until lightly golden.

4. Place on a paper towel to allow oil to drain. When finished lightly dust tops with powdered sugar.

Yields: 2 dozen

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