Although I call these “Assyrian Holiday cookies,” the truth is they are very popular in the Middle East. In fact, they are Iraq’s national cookie; specifically the date filled ones.
With Thanksgiving being right around the corner, these persimmon-pumpkin bars would fit perfectly into your Thanksgiving menu. You can easily make them a few days in advance, giving you one less thing to bake on Thanksgiving day.
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between jam, jelly, and preserves? I know I have! For that reason, I sit here considering what to name this recipe; quince jam, or quince preserves? One thing I am certain of, it’s not jelly. Let’s take a look at some of the differences.
Muakacha is a Middle Eastern dessert made with phyllo dough that’s smothered with butter and custard. Are you drooling yet? Muakacha was not a recipe that I was familiar with. I first heard of it from my sister, Beni, who was introduced to the recipe by one of her friends.
Fall is my favorite season for many reasons; cooler weather, leaves changing colors, decorating for Halloween, pumpkin spice lattes, and baking lots of yummy food! Fall is also the time of year I scour the grocery stores for quince, the main ingredient in membrillo.