It's time to start thinking about the Nowruz dinner menu. The Nowruz dinner is marked by a number of traditional dishes that are known for this occasion such as: kookoo sabzi, sabzi polow, mahi, ash reshteh, reshteh polow, etc. I have put together a typical Nowruz menu of my favorite recipes.
There are many different Nowruz sweets available in bakeries all over Iran. However, if you happen to live where you do not have access to any of those good Iranian bakeries then, like me, you would have to make your own homemade Nowruz desserts. The sugar sprinkled, golden, light and flaky shirini zaban (زبان - zaban means tongue in Persian) is a connection to my childhood -- when I remember having them for special occasions. For this recipe you'll need one sheet of puff pastry. If you have the time and patience you can make your own homemade puff pastry from scratch. However, if you find that to be too time-consuming then head to the freezer section of your local grocery store and buy a Package of frozen puff pastry. While there's nothing like a homemade pastry, I took the easy route this time and used a store-bought frozen puff pastry.
Shirini Zaban with Frozen Puff Pastry
Yield: 20 pieces
1 (14-ounce) box of frozen puff pastry, thawed (I used Dufour puff pastry)
1-2 tablespoons sugar
For the syrup
1/3 cup honey ( I used clover honey)
1 tablespoon water
1/4 teaspoon rosewater
Flour for dusting the surface
Crushed pistachios and powdered sugar for garnish
- Heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, combine the honey with water and rosewater, mix well. Set aside.
- Unfold the puff pastry on your lightly floured counter and dust the top of the pastry with a little flour.
- Using a soft pastry brush, lightly brush the pastry with honey syrup.
- Using a cookie cutter cut out the pastry into zaban shape or using a sharp blade cut the pastry into rectangular pieces.
- Place the cut out puff pastries on the baking sheet leaving a little space between them.
- Using a knife make a lengthwise light cut through the center of each zaban.
- Sprinkle each zaban generously with sugar.
- Place the sheet in the center of the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden, cooked through and puffed.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool.
- Apply another light film of honey syrup over the pastries. Sprinkle with crushed pistachios. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
Serve with freshly brewed hot tea.
Enjoy! Happy Nowruz!