Delicious Egyptian Choux Pastry Recipe

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Balah El Sham, also known as Egyptian Choux Pastry, is a delightful dessert that is popular in Egypt. This recipe features a light and airy pastry filled with a sweet cream filling, topped with powdered sugar. It's the perfect treat to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, bring water and butter to a boil.
  2. Add flour and stir until a smooth dough forms.
  3. Transfer the dough to a mixing bowl and let it cool slightly.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  5. Transfer the dough to a piping bag and pipe small circles onto a baking sheet.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 400°F for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.
  7. Let the pastries cool completely before filling.
  8. Whip heavy cream with powdered sugar until stiff peaks form.
  9. Cut the pastries in half and fill with the cream mixture.
  10. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Interesting Facts

  • Balah El Sham translates to 'Syrian Dates' in Arabic, but the dessert is actually a type of choux pastry.
  • Choux pastry originated in France and is known for its light and airy texture.
  • This Egyptian version of choux pastry is a popular dessert during holidays and celebrations.