As I am writing this post I am awaiting the hurricane Irma in Tampa, Florida. I am very scared, but very grateful to be with friends as we hunker down to wait for the storm. I hope that Tampa will not take a direct hit, and the buildings we are staying in at least keep us safe.
Anyways, I have been preparing a post for a delicious Arabic Breakfast meal called Batlawa Frengia. I remember my Sitto (Grandmother) used to bring this over to my house quite often when I was a child. We would have usually already eaten breakfast, but we would get a second breakfast and it would always be a huge treat.
I haven’t had this dish in forever, actually since she passed away! My Mom was digging around in her recipe box and stumbled upon it and sent it to me recently so I was excited to give it a try! It’s actually a funny story of how she got the recipe. A long time ago, my Mom’s sister, my aunt, was visiting and loved the dish when my Sitto made it! After she left, she called my Sitto, who dictated the recipe to her over the phone. She sent a copy of the dictated recipe to my Mom and that is the exact recipe that I now have!
This is a cinnamon sugary creamy buttery breakfast dish. I loved it and I also took it to work and everyone loved it as well! I hope you will enjoy! Please pray for Florida as this hurricane strikes! Especially Tampa!!!
- 2 quarts of water
- 1 1/4 cup of cream of wheat Farina
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 1 small can of evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon mixed together
Butter a large baking pan or tray. In a large pot whisk the water, milk, and Farina together on high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat. Add the sugar, and allow the mixture to simmer until it thickens into a pudding consistency. Pour the mixture into the buttered tray and refrigerate the mixture until it has solidified; a few hours or overnight. Once the mixture is solidified, cut diamond shaped squares, running the knife around the sides of the tray. Dot generously with butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until the top is browned. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the top. Serve warm.
You can also keep this in the refrigerator and heat in the microwave later. It works great!