Znoud El-Sit or Lady Fingers
Znooud el-Sit or Ladies fingers:
Its a middle eastern pastry that originated in Iraq and became popular through out the Middle East. It consists of a dough similar to phyllo where its is rolled, stuffed with clotted cream or “ashta”then baked and drizzled all over with sugar syrup.
11/2 Cups All purpose four (I used King Arthur).
11/2 Tbsp vegetable oil
A pinch of salt
About 2/3 cups room temperature milk or water
Corn starch for dusting
Clotted cream or “Ashta”
1Cup whole milk
1/2 Cup heavy cream
8-10 slices of white lunch bread (edges removed and cut into smaller pieces)
1 Tbsp semolina flour
2 tsp orange blossom water or vanilla
1 tsp rose water (optional)
1 Cup ricotta cheese (freshly made preferable)
Sugar syrup or “Ater"
2 Cups sugar
1 cup water
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp orange blossom water
1 tsp rose water
1/3 Cup ghee or butter
1- Mix all the ingredients of the dough till it comes together.
2- Rest for 30 minutes.
3- divide into 3 balls
4- Sprinkle a generous amount of corn starch on a clean surface area and roll each ball into a 6 inch disk, set aside and let rest for 15 minutes.
5- sprinkle a generous amount of cornstarch into same surface area and lay each disk on top of the other with a generous amount of cornstarch sprinkled in between each disk.
6- Roll gently with no pressure so that the dough can expand into a much thinner piece, so that the layer underneath don’t stick to one another.
7- Using a piping bag, lay the clotted cream along the edge of the dough closest to you leaving a 1inch margin.
8- Roll the whole dough into one thin log.
9- Trim the edges and cut the log into smaller pieces.
10- Place in a baking sheet and drizzle with ghee or butter.
11- place in a 400F or 200C preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes.
12- Drizzle with sugar syrup and garnish with rose petal jams or cherries.