Balah El Sham – The Middle Eastern Churros


This isnt the healthiest of desserts but its one of my favorite .. its fired dough which is flavored with anise seed… it doesnt take that long to make the most time taken is in frying it … to make it

You will need:

  • 2 cup semolina
  • 1 cup flour .. all purpose
  • 1 ts instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup butter .. melted
  • 1 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 ts anise extract … or you can you grinded anise seed
  • 3 cups of sugar syrup … actually as much as you need to coat it
  • vegetable oil …. for frying


Balah El Sham - mix semolina and flour

In a bowl .. add the semolina and flour …. and mix them well together …

Balah El Sham - add anise extract or powder

To it add the anise powder … if you are using the liquid extract… then mix the extract with the milk …

Balah El Sham - add butter

Add the melted butter … and mix it all well until all the semolina mixture has absorbed the butter ….

Balah El Sham - add yeast

Add the yeast … and mix ..

Balah El Sham - add milk

Then add the milk …..

Balah El Sham - mix all together

Mix everything together to form a soft dough … not firm at all .. it sticks a little to the spoon ….

Then let the dough rest for 15 to 20 mins …

Balah El Sham - using cookie press

After the dough has rested …

Heat the oil …

Using a cookie press or a piping bag (to be honest the piping bag is easier) with a star shaped attachment …  pipe the dough into the hot oil … be careful while doing that …

Balah El Sham - fry the dough

Fry the dough until golden in color …

Balah El Sham - place them in a seive

Then set it aside in a sieve to drain all the oil out ..

Balah El Sham - add the sugar syrup

After the oil is well drained … place the fried dough in a bowl and add the sugar syrup … add enough to coat it all well …

Balah El Sham

And serve it warm ….

Enjoy 🙂 …

18 thoughts on “Balah El Sham – The Middle Eastern Churros

  1. They look delicious, I will try the recipe soon, especially my kids and my big kid ” my husband”, will suck them like a vacuum cleaner.
    By the way, I awarded you an inspiration prize.
    Check my blog, you deserve this award.

    1. Thanx alot Sabah …. and thanx for the award too … really appreciate it … let me know when u get to try this recipe out … stay in touch 🙂

  2. Was looking 4 Dough Sham of Sir Douglas Quintet, but hit your page…… but delichious cakes it is…right spelling? I am norwegian u c:-) Love the cake;-)

  3. Salam Laila,

    I think its called churros in South America and is not soaked in syrup but dipped in thick hot chocolate! Yours look perfect, and I can imagine them sticky and warm.

    Sadly, a piping bag and me have not been friends for a long time so I may not try this recipe till I gather courage to pipe again.. But I will do it, and when I do this recipe will definitely come to mind!

    By the way, I recently stumbled upon kanafe in a food blog and I suddenly realized its a dessert my Lebanese father in law always brings to Singapore when he comes. I never knew its name!I was wondering, Is it possible to make at home??

    1. Firstly thanx for all this info .. really appreciate it … and i can imagine the piping bag thing too .. cuz i wasnt friends with mine too for a very long time … till recently 😀 …
      so anyway … about the kenafe … you can make it at home only if you can find the kenafe dough .. they might be selling it in the frozen section … if you can find the dough .. there are many ways of many kenafe … one of which is the most popular one “the orange one with the cheese filling” …
      There is another way of making it without the dough .. its done with semolina … i never really tried it … but im actually thinking of giving it a try … so if it turn out good .. i will make a post about it …
      Now the taste of the regular kenafa dough and the semolina one is a little different .. but they are equally good … so i will surely let you know when i give it a try … stay in touch 🙂

    1. Thanx Cheri … its good to see a msg from you after so long … stay in touch … and keep giving me you feedback … 🙂

  4. this is very delicious… I completely forgot about it….
    thanks for a awesome and tasty posting…

    Leila, I like to invite you to Join Walima…..
    when you have the time visit my blog and read more about Walima and hope to hear from you soon.

    Thanks for a lovely blog

    1. Thanx Arlette … i will be definitely checking your blog soon … and will check what Walima is … so thanx for the invite ..and thanx for your feedback 🙂 … and stay in touch 🙂

  5. Will do. I haven’t fixed anything really yummy like your stuff in a while, but when I do I will let you know.

    you friend in the blogging world –

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