How Three Dallas Confectioners Cap Off Ramadan With Sweets

Ramadan began on April 12th and ushered in the Islamic month of fasting from morning to evening. Eid al-Fitr is a holiday that marks the end of Ramadan when it ends on May 13th. Until then, local pastry chefs will create a world full of sweets. During the holiest month, orders for special flavors increase. They introduce us to the varied, sugary delicacies of Eid and Ramadan and bring us the sweets that make life sweeter.

When individuals break their wing of fasting and gifting between households, whether you fast or not, it is a time to welcome a sugar surge.

Marwa Tarabishi, Marwa Petite Cookies

Marwa Tarabishi makes butter spritz biscuits and the Arabic dessert she calls “sweet cheese specialties” (for pickup in Irving and Mansfield as soon as you leave her kitchen).

Tarabishi is Syrian and was born in Kuwait to parents from Damascus. For years she had made the tender, crumbly bites for family and friends. She started out small, with 10 biscuits on plastic plates stapled together and a small logo. Soon she started offering monthly flavors.

In 2019, it expanded from simple biscuits with four petals in three flavors – pistachio, strawberry, chocolate – to flavors like hazelnut chocolate, flan, and fruity orange and lemon curd.

Her sister runs the Glacé Cakes home business and Tarabishi grew up baking cakes. “I think baking might be in our blood,” she says.

But for them it’s the little bites: “Something that people can not only eat at parties, but all day long with a cup of tea, a cup of coffee. Something small, something biting. “Hence petite cookies.

Cheese desserts, a traditional Arabic pastry, decorated with roses.

Marwa Tarabishi / Marwa Petite Cookies

For her cheese desserts, a traditional Arabic pastry that she introduced for Ramadan five years ago but now sells all year round, she uses fresh mozzarella, sugar, orange blossom water and semolina on the outside. “They use very heavy, delicious cream” in Syria, she says. “And we don’t have that here.” For the filling, she found a mixture of heavy whipped cream, sugar, ricotta and a special cream that she keeps secret to conjure up the taste. It played with the texture – not too soft or too firm – because it is rolled into the mozzarella layer and then cut into small squares and decorated with rose petals, sugar roses – “I love roses” and pistachios.

For Ramadan, their special spritz biscuit flavors include a trio: a date filling; a pistachio cream (“because everything in Syria has pistachios”); and an Arabic coffee and chocolate nod (“because you want a pick-me-up after a fast”).

For her own oath, she makes the pinwheels out of phyllo dough, filled with pistachios and ma’amoul, into which date paste is inserted.

“Last year we had to pray at home. But a large part of Ramadan prays in the mosques. This year we will be more comfortable. “Your candy will be part of it.

“You know, when you fast all you think about is food. You should not do that. But you think of sweets. “

Make Your Life Sweeter’s Eid Treats Package includes sweet cards, popcorn and natural cotton candy, Sugaire.

Make your life sweeter

A pyramid of Sugaire, Make Your Life Sweeters natural cotton candy in flavors such as baklava, rose cuffi, masala chai, knafeh with orange blossom and much more.

Make your life sweeter

Yasmeen Tadia, make your life sweeter

When Yasmeen Tadia opened her sugar-filled Make Your Life Sweeter boutique in the Galleria last November, she didn’t want to be the first to house a Ramadan and Eid collection in a high-end mall between Louis Vuitton and Banana Republic.

But last year when she saw mosques were about to close, zoom calls and soul searching led to a line of candy designed to bridge the gap between giving and communicating. And with treats like this, it embraces the flavors from all over the Islamic world and takes inspiration from Iran, Qatar, India, Pakistan, their own South Africa, Morocco and others.

The Eid cotton candy collection includes falooda milkshake, baklava cheesecake, pistachio burfi, and sticky toffee pudding. The coconut ladoo option is topped with coconut flakes. Jasmine and carnation smell gently of others. Rosenkulfi, Gulab Jamun, black liquorice or Knefeh with orange blossom water produce even more tufts. Poufs that are reminiscent of Moroccan mint or atayef (small pancakes filled with cream and pistachios) are delivered in gift sets with signs with powerful mottos such as “Ramadan will be a little sweeter soon”. Let’s eat a lot ”or“ Straight Outta Ramadan ”. You can send a friend a kit with a door sign that says “Wake me up for Suhoor” (the first meal of the day before the fast).

These messages should sweeten Ramadan and Eid at a particularly bitter time. If a culture celebrates Ramadan with a candy, it’s likely there.

Towers of lint create focus along a back wall as you enter. Was she nervous? Yes, it was a bit. It’s so visible. But that’s the point. That’s what is needed. Tadia had already tiptoeed into the political arena with an online collection of Black Lives Matter before bringing the Ramadan collection to the store. (Last year she hand-delivered the 400+ orders.)

It looks great in a line that contains a pistachio orange blossom truffle; a falooda milkshake kit (a make-at-home affair with rose syrup and milk poured over a puff of gold-dusted cotton candy); and an edible printed inscription in swirling Arabic script on a white chocolate macaron, shall we say.

The whole idea is that the guests feel represented.

“It’s super easy and fun,” she says of the upbeat, cheeky slogans. “And I think it makes us feel relevant.” She compares her own experiences with those of her son, who finds sweets that mean something to him, which is reflected in the windows of the boutiques.

“We are a group of immigrants. We are children with a migration background. This is definitely a little more nervous than what my family would prefer, ”she says, referring to her more cautious parents. “But we’ll try – we’ve never had the ability to feel relevant.”

Mosque-shaped biscuits in orange and blue-green, made for Eid by Saadia Iqbal, a house baker based in Plano.

The house baker Saadia Iqbal assembles sugar cookies in the form of mosque facades that are decorated with airbrush stencil patterns that etch arabesques on fondant.

Saadie Iqbal

Saadia Iqbal, buttercream bliss

Saadia Iqbal, a house baker based in Plano who makes elaborate ombré, marble or character cakes, recorded an enormous number of orders during this time of the holy month. For the past few years she has been making cookies and cupcakes that are easy to give away with tags from Ramadan Mubarak.

Their Buttercream Bliss Cupcakes include a cardamom and saffron scented cupcake dusted with pistachios and rose petals, reflecting the flavor of gulab jamun, the traditional funnel-style fried batter common in Iqbal’s native Pakistan and India. Mocha and toffee fill another. Another is adorned with a star and the crescent moon of Islam.

She also assembles sugar cookies in the form of mosque facades decorated with airbrush stencil designs that etch arabesques in deep turquoise, orange, maroon and blue onto fondant. You are beautiful. On the other hand, cookies can be shaped like Arabic lanterns.

Towards the end of the holy month it will double.

“Sweetness has always been viewed as something to celebrate. For a birth. For happiness. “Hence the verve of Eid.

Iqbal is tired from fasting, so she doesn’t take many orders. But those that it takes and fills are important.

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