Ethnic Sweets: Nammura

September 22 2010, 10:30 AM

Several months ago, a friend introduced me to Jerusalem International Market on East Evans Avenue. The occasion took place after a gluttonous lunch at Marrakech Grill, just a block or so away. We were stuffed, but that didn't stop us from perusing the shop's impressive foodstuffs: shelves of Turkish coffee, jars of pickled grape leaves, bags of fragrant basmati rice, bulk spices, rows of candies, and a deli counter stocked with goods ranging from fresh feta to pastries.

This is where I discovered nammura, a Middle Eastern treat. I asked for a a wedge of this bar-like cookie—made with coconut, semolina flour, and honey, and topped with a single walnut—to go. Despite feeling full, I couldn't help but taste the dessert. The rich consistency was more cake-like than cookie (i.e. it was not crumbly), and the flavors were beguiling and intense, but not cloying.

One nibble led to two, and by the time I reached the office 15 minutes later, the nammura was gone. That was back in May, but I haven't stopped thinking about it. Intrigued, I've researched recipes for the bar, and the closest I've found is this one. But rather than making my own, I think I'll just stop by the market and stock up. 

4101 E. Evans Ave., 303-691-2330