Baklawat Fukur is a delicious, economical and easy-to-make dessert that never fails to impress. This dessert is based on nothing more than bread and date syrup. You can think of Baklawat Fukur as the ultimate pantry recipe. This dessert was mainly consumed by the poor during Ramadhan hence they couldn’t afford buying Baklava. It is one of the staples in Iraqi cooking but has been forgotten by so many people and only few still make this dessert at home. Baklawat Fukur is perfect during the winter when you need energy to stay warm. The main ingredient in this sweet dessert is Dibis (Date Syrup) and since Iraq is a major producer of dates, date syrup is canned and exported to all over the World. Dibis is a nutritious natural sweetener; Iraqis use Dibis in their cooking and baking and is usually purchased in a jar from Middle Eastern grocery stores. Dibis is cheap and easily accessible.
The name Baklawat Fukur literally means Poor Man’s Baklava and it refers to a certain social status. The story behind the naming of this dessert dates back to the time when peasants and poor people didn’t have enough money to buy the actual Baklava during Ramadhan (the Islamic Holy Month of Fasting). One story indicates that the main naming behind this recipe is about a little boy who saw his neighbor eating Baklava and he was craving it. Then a piece of Baklava fell on the floor and the little boy rushed to pick it up and taste it. Baklava was so good that the little boy went running to his mom crying and asking her to buy him Baklava. The mother didn’t know what to do at that point but was looking around the house in order to find something she can sell so she can buy her son a piece of Baklava. She couldn’t find anything and was only able to find a piece of bread that she cut into small pieces, fried in ghee and then topped it off with date syrup. The little boy looked at the strange looking Baklava and was asking his mom why does my Baklava look darker compared to our neighbors. The mother replied its Baklawat Fukur and from that point on this dessert became so popular even among the riches.
Despite Baklwat Fukur’s modest beginnings, this classic has been transformed over the years. Nowadays, people enjoy this version with yogurt or even whipped cream. Nonetheless, the result is a dish that’s sweet, comforting and full of flavor.
- Pita Bread cut into squares
- 1/2 cup Date Syrup (Dibis)
- 2-3 tablespoons Cooking Oil (Ghee)
- Cut the pita bread into bite-sized pieces and fry them in ghee until you get a golden brown colour on both sides.
- Reduce the heat and then add the date syrup, stirring to coat the bread.
- Finally, turn off the heat and serve with yogurt or on its own.