Magic in the Kitchen: Snounieh

Another traditional Middle Eastern dessert, the "Snounieh" is usually prepared when the first baby tooth begins to show. The name "Snounieh" derives from the Arabic word for tooth "sin". It's a great way of sharing the happy event with friends and family making it a memorable occasion for all to remember. This dessert is a simple, and easy-to-prepare nutritious dish.  


Ingredients:

3 cups of shelled and washed wheat
1/2 a cup of fine sugar
1/4 cup of flower water
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of anis seeds
1 cup of raisins


Directions:

• Soak the wheat in water for 1 hour before you begin cooking.
• After soaking, submerge the wheat and water in a pot and place on a high fire. 
  After bringing the water to boil, leave it on the fire for 30 minutes so that it cooks well.
• Strain the wheat and place it in another pot, making sure to keep the strained boiled water aside for the next step.
• Mix the sugar, anis, cinnamon and raisins in 2 cups of boiled wheat water.
• Add the mixture to the wheat.
• Add the flower water.
• Stir over a low heat for about 1 minute.
• Serve warm.