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A Sweet From Syria


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

A Sweet from Syria. Take three ratls of white sugar and one of clean honey. Put them together in a tinjir on a gentle fire and continue stirring and when it begins to thicken, then add 1 1/2 ratls of dissolved starch paste, colored [with saffron], and white flour. Continue stirring and when it begins to thicken, pour on oil, sweet, washed; and scatter on it chopped almond and pistachio. Thicken it carefully. When it is completed, set it aside and loosen it with rose water, camphor, spikenard and clove. Then pour it over a salâya (stone work surface) and make qursas with it. Put it in a greased pot and set it aside.

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