I love snacking on packaged Middle Eastern sesame bars, which are very hard and crunchy. These florentines are much chewier, but their sesame flavor reminds me of those.
Bryan won’t stand for untweaked chocolate—it has to be smoky, or spicy, or salty—so for this particular recipe, we went spicy.
Cherry recipes were a favorite in the Pollock family.
Using a good-quality olive oil makes a difference in this cake, which is dense and moist and just the right amount of sweet.
This is a simple and light dessert that you will make over and over again in many different ways. It is great by itself, with some chocolate or fruit syrup poured over it, or topped with ice cream and berries. In the winter, I like it with poached or baked winter fruits, such as pears, apples, or quince.
In Syria, however, there is no mistaking the name for anything but this delectable syrupy sponge cake topped with mixed nuts.