HARRA BI ISBAOU
MARKOOK BREAD DESSERT RECIPE
Captured by The Recipe Hunters in Lebanon
Harra bi Isbaou (translated from Arabic to burnt finger) is a dessert made from stale markook or saj bread (Middle Eastern flat bread that is made without yeast and baked over saj ovens), which is broken up into pieces and cooked down in butter and flavored with cinnamon, vanilla, and sugar. We learned the recipe in a small village in the West Bekaa Valley of Lebanon from a mother named Lina Haddad who hosted us on Food Heritage Foundation's Food Trail. It is a dessert that children love and is quick and easy to make. The meal probably derives from a creative mom who had leftover bread and wanted to give her children a treat.
Prep time: 10 min.
Melt 50 g of butter in a medium sized pot over medium-high heat.
Stir in 1.5 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water.
Once the sugar has dissolved, mix in 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1 tsp of vanilla extract.
Once the mix boils, rip apart stale markook bread into ear-sized pieces and mix them mix into the pot using a wooden spoon.
Once the bread becomes soft and soaks up all of the syrupy liquid, the dessert is done.
Made with Love Tip: Let the bread cool down or you’ll burn your finger :)
3 pieces of stale markook bread
50 grams of butter (3 Tbsp)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 cups sugar
1 cup water
RECIPE BY PHOTOS
Harra Bi Isbau Recipe
Captured by The Recipe Hunters: Leila Elamine & Anthony Morano
Recorded by The Recipe Hunters:
Leila Elamine & Anthony Morano