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pinstripeprincess Oct 24, 2007 07:08 AM

i finally figured out that the little dough rounds that have me completely in love at nasr are called bamieh.

their version contains saffron in the dough and, i dare say, potentially a little saffron in the honey syrup. they said that rather than a soak, they actually fill the deep fried ovals with the syrup to infuse it from the inside out.

from what i can gather, most recipes don't call for saffron and soak rather than fill with syrup.... does anyone have any more extensive experience with this then me? i'd love to find more bakeries and see if they do a better version than the one at nasr.

ps. i tried the bakery in the same plaza as nasr... but it was a disappointment without the saffron adding to its complexity.

  1. Tara9000 Oct 24, 2007 09:03 AM

    Sounds similar to gulab jamun. How do they compare?

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    1. re: Tara9000
      pinstripeprincess Oct 24, 2007 09:56 AM

      gulab are large fistfuls of balls usually made with a yogurt based batter. they do not have saffron from my experience... and are mushy. so mushy that i sometimes find them unenjoyable.

      the bamieh are more like crisp little ikea shaped pegs. i think the infusion from the inside out and the thicker syrup allows for this crispness. the saffron flavour is really what gets me. i also love how the syrup in the centre spills out when you chomp on a piece.

      as much as they're not a proper replacement for them... they're doing well to satiate my koeksisters cravings.

      1. re: pinstripeprincess
        Tara9000 Oct 24, 2007 11:03 AM

        Interesting! I've had gulab made with saffron, as it can be a traditional preparation. See the wikipedia reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulab_jamun -- This could be because I grew up in Brampton, which has a large Indian population.

        That being said, you might have more luck in the burbs. Maybe give Kwality Sweets in Brampton a call?

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        Kwality Sweets
        2150 Steeles Ave E, Brampton, ON L6T1A7, CA

        1. re: Tara9000
          pinstripeprincess Oct 24, 2007 11:17 AM

          thanks, but what i'm looking for is actually iranian in construct... so i'd assume middle eastern places are more likely to have it... unfortunately i'm not really sure where i can go hunting for bakeries other than scarborough.

          1. re: pinstripeprincess
            Tara9000 Oct 24, 2007 11:41 AM

            Okay, last comment, because I really haven't been much help (!) - but I know of an Iranian bakery in north Toronto that might make them:
            http://www.torontolife.com/guide/food...

            You could always give them a call and ask if they have them.

            1. re: pinstripeprincess
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              Scary Bill Oct 25, 2007 09:15 AM

              Try here. They have a huge sweets counter.

              Paramount Foods Inc (905) 282-1600
              1290 Crestlawn Dr Cooksville ON

              About 1/km south of 401, west off Dixie.

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                Scary Bill Oct 25, 2007 09:22 AM

                The ingredients:

                http://recipes2.alastra.com/middle-ea...

      2. HarryLloyd Oct 24, 2007 11:38 AM

        you can get them at Nasr on Lawrence near warden. also great shawarmas not far at far hat.


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