Mabroosheh is a traditional sweet recipe that is popular in Ramadan in Syria. It literally means that which is grated, the name comes from the fact that the dough is actually grated to make the top of these delicious bars.  Mabroosheh is usually made with marmalade or any jam you prefer.

For the dough

• 1 stick or butter

• 1/4 cup oil

• 3/4 cup sugar

• 3 eggs

• zest of 1 orange

• 1 teaspoon vanilla

• 1/2 cup yogurt

• 5 to 5 and 1/2 cups flour

• 1 and 1/2 cups powdered milk

• 1 tablespoon baking powder

• 1 teaspoon baking soda

• 1 teaspoon rose-water

• 1 teaspoon cinnamon

• ½ teaspoon cardamom (optional)




1.5 cups marmalade

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon cardamom



1.Beat the butter and oil with the sugar till combined

2.Add the eggs and vanilla and beat till pale

3.Add the yogurt, rose- water and zest then mix

4.Add the powdered milk and mix.

5.Add the baking powder , baking soda then the flour. Gradually knead the dough. keep adding flour till you get to a point where the dough does not stick to your hands

6. Divide the dough into 4 parts

7.Press 1/4 of the dough in a pie dish.

For the marmalade bars

8.Spread a generous layer of marmalade, sprinkle cinnamon and cardamom on top of the marmalade

9.Take a piece of dough and grate it with a box grater on top

10.Bake in a preheated oven at 180 C on the middle shelf for about 45 minutes or until the edges are golden brown

11. Place under the broiler till the top is golden

12. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars