April 14, 2014 Mount Lebanon Lebanon Middle East

Maamoul el Eid from Biscuit

More maamoul coming your way - whether at work or at home with friends, having a piece of maamoul these days is inevitable, especially that Easter is just one week away. Last week I discovered an innovative kind of maamoul at Cookies'n'More. Now I'm trying the ones at Biscuit a bakery and pastry shop in Masourieh.  Following them on Instagram, I was intrigued to taste some of their products, so why not start with their Maamoul?
 
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Biscuit is a gourmet bakery and patisserie offering a varied selection of homemade delicacies, hand-selected imported products, and catering services. Biscuit SARL was established with the concept of offering its products made from the highest quality natural ingredients, based on original traditional recipes. All our products are made on site in our kitchens without the use of any additives or preservatives. We are committed to providing you and your family with nutritious products for a more productive and healthier life.
 
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Just a small note reminding all of us what maamoul is: They are small shortbread pastries filled with dates, pistachios or walnuts (or occasionally almonds, figs, or other fillings). They are popular in Levantine cuisine and in the Gulf countries. They may be in the shape of balls or of domed or flattened cookies. They can either be decorated by hand or be made in special wooden moulds. Ma'amoul with date fillings are often known asmenenas, and are sometimes made in the form of date rolls rather than balls or cookies.
 
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I asked a friend of mine who lives in the Mansourieh area to get me some on his way to me. He came with three types of maamoul, one filled with Tamer, and another with Almonds and the third with Pistachio - filled in a nice box. The box is simple - the squared patterns are a reminder of the typical kitchen tablecloth. Green and white, I opened the box to some freshly baked goods...
 
Let's try them:
  • Maamoul with Pistachio oval in shape creations are covered with powder sugar and filled with pistachio mix. These maamouls are soft and tender. They crumble tastefully in your mouth. Intensely green in color, the pistachio purée filling were truly enjoyable. An interesting texture which provides a sweet experience.
  • The Walnut filled maamoul are round in shape and actually look like the shape of an actual walnut. They are as good as the Pistachio ones. Just pay attention while eating to the walnut's skin, some escaped the cleaning. I enjoyed them, especially the dough, which I found to be unique. It is tasty and melts in your mouth like butter.
  • Tamer filled maamoul were my least favorite to be honest. I found the filling to be a bit too malleable. As for the shape, I didn't find them to be appealing.
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Tasty maamoul, produced with love, passion and dedication. With that, I received an interesting cake that looks like a brioche only in a shape of a long log... Called "Brioche a la Cannelle" (aka Cinnamon Log), this interesting looking pastry is filled with freshly ground almonds and sweet cinnamon spices topped with a sugar glaze. This creation is addictive to say the least. Spongy with a slight crunchy feel, this pastry is rich in taste and condensed in content. It reminded me of the "Kings Cake".
 
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It's an original addition to a tea party or along a nice morning cup of coffee. It comes in different sizes: mini, individual (size of a cupcake), long, and round like a Bundt cake. After a closer encounter with some of Biscuit's products, I am now even more curious to go down to the shop itself... Stay tuned for a full review sometime soon.
 
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