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An Eastern Sweet


This is an excerpt from An Anonymous Andalusian Cookbook
(Andalusia, 13th c. - Charles Perry, trans.)
The original source can be found at David Friedman's website

An Eastern Sweet. This is given to feverish people as a food and takes the place of medicine. Take sweet, peeled almonds and pound them fine. Then extract their milk with a sieve or clean cloth, until it becomes like milk. Add pomegranate and tart apple juice, pear juice, juice of quince and of roasted gourd, whatever may be available of these. Prepare them like the "juice" squeezed from the almonds and like the mixture of white sugar. Put it in a glazed earthenware tinjir and light a gentle fire under it. After boiling, add some dissolved starch paste and when it thickens, put together rose oil and fresh oil and light under it a gentle fire until it thickens. Then take it off the fire and take it out. If the stomach is weak, add rosewater mixed with camphor.

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