It’s Eid Time! Let’s Celebrate! After completing a wonderful month of fasting, food, family and friends, we are definitely ready to eat and enjoy the next 3 days!
Everyone has their own kind of Eid celebration…
Eid Time for me always meant our family meeting up with my aunt, uncle and two cousins. We would go to have lunch at Houston’s restaurant (NJ), then go back to my aunt’s house to hang out and spend quality time together. It was so much fun! Even though it was such a simple thing to do, I really looked forward to it every time.
Ahh to be in the Middle East…
But, I’ve always wondered what people who weren’t in America did for Eid. I’ve always wanted to be there just to feel that indescribable feeling and atmosphere that I would imagine would be something along the lines of Christmas time here! So, I started asking some family and friends in the Middle East, and they all said, we do the same thing as you, we go out to eat!
That’s not to say the atmosphere in Muslim countries isn’t incredible, because they all said it is, but I was like no way! I totally expected you guys to make big feasts at home and bring family and friends??? They were like no, everyone looks forward to NOT cooking or making anything and eating out!
Funny how I never thought about it that way! You did just cook non-stop for a month straight, and now part of the celebration would be to go out and treat yourself! However, the one thing everyone over there does do, is make and share lots of yummy desserts!
Let’s get to the sweets already!
So, we included some classic Baklava style desserts and other fried favorites, along with Apricot Upside Down Mini cakes and Cream Filled Phyllo Nests, which you can find below! So, as Nadia and I love to do, we made a great little dessert table in honor of Eid!
Hope you enjoy!
These adorable easy to make nests are crunchy and sweet. When filled with the cool, smooth cream, it makes the greatest combination of flavors and textures in the cutest little nests! The filling options are endless!
- 1/2 pound shredded phyllo dough
- 3-5 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/4 cup sugar syrup (see notes) (or corn syrup)
- 1/2 cup table cream/clotted cream
- pistachio, ground (garnish)
Preheat oven according to package instructions or 375 degrees F. Prepare a cupcake tin by either cooking spray or butter.
Separate 1/2 of the shredded phyllo dough to give you about 1/2 pound. Gently separate the strands, clumps at a time and loosely place them into the tins. Start placing the dough into the bottom and then adding more shreds building it up along the sides until it forms a nest shape. Loose and messy is great!
Once all nests are complete, brush each nest until it's lightly saturated with butter.
Bake for about 20 min, rotating halfway through. If they did not achieve a golden color, add another 5-10 min continuing to rotate halfway through.
Allow to cool slightly, then drizzle sugar syrup on to each nest, just enough to lightly cover. Let cool completely.
Add a dollop of cream, about a heaping teaspoon to each nest. Sprinkle with ground pistachio and serve!
Sugar Syrup Recipe. You can add any fillings/toppings you'd like and they make great Easter Nests too!