Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Heart-loving, Satiating Dessert!

You know how the sweet taste of dessert leaves you hungry and craving salty foods? And then you fall into the vicious circle of sweet/salty, sweet/salty, etc. Well, here’s a dessert that will make you full and that isn’t sweet enough to get you to crave salty food. It’s a traditional dessert prepared mostly during the Lebanese Halloween (Barbara). We call it “Amhie” (قمحية ).

It is made of wheat, water, anise, sugar and nuts.

How do you prepare it? It’s simple:

Soak the wheat in warm water overnight.
Boil the wheat in clean water, adding anise, for up to 60 minutes (depending on your cooker) until it becomes tender.

Now all you need to do is pour some into a bowl, add the amount of sugar you want and decorate it with almonds, pines and walnuts. You can also flavor it with rose water.

The thing with this dessert is you can control the number of calories you ingest:

Amount
Calories
1/3 cup of wheat
80
1 teaspoon sugar
20
6-8 almonds
45
1 teaspoon of pine nuts
20
3-4 walnuts
45

So, let’s say your dessert is made of 2/3 cup of wheat, water, 3 tsp of sugar, 3 almonds, 1 tsp of pine nuts and 3 walnuts; your total is around 300 calories!

Now I know that 300 calories is not a small amount. However, take into consideration that it’s rich in carbohydrates and water which give you satiety. Plus, it contains nuts, rich in fats that are good for your heart! 

16 comments:

Joan Schwartz said...

The recipe is surprisingly simple. Just about the only thing that lengthens everything is the boiling time. Still, that doesn't change the fact that this would be a nice sweet dessert for any occasion.

Steven Graves said...

Thank you for sharing this! Can I use an artificial sweetener for that recipe instead of ordinary table sugar?

Aaron Stevens said...

That dessert is not the kind of dessert I usually eat. Well, I will ask my wife if she can prepare a kind of dessert like that.

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