Holiday Recipes - Desserts
- 500g Sugar
- 125g Corn Starch, plus more for dusting
- 1/2 tsp. Cream of Tartar
- 4 Mastic Crystals
- 1/2 tsp Orange Blossom Water
- 100g Pistachios, shelled and unsalted
- 100g Almonds, peeled and chopped
1. In a medium sauce pan, add 500 grams of sugar to 600mL water. Stir together with the cream of tartar and bring everything to a low boil.
2. In a separate sauce pan, whisk the corn starch with 200mL water over low heat until a smooth paste has formed.
3. Stir the smooth paste into the hot, sugar syrup.
4. Time to begin stirring. Bring everything to a boil, then drop to a simmer. Stir as continuously as possible for about 50 minutes, until the mixture is thick and the spoon leaves a clean line through it.
5. Once the mixture is sufficiently thick, you’ll want to test it by scraping a small spoonful of the gelatinized stuff and dipping it into a cup of ice water. The gel should set and form a squishy lump when pressed between your fingers. Now is the time to add flavoring.
6. Stir in the mastic crystals, orange blossom water, and nuts.
Pour the gel into a prepared tray (greased and floured), then smooth the top with a wet spatula and let it set for a few hours. Dust the top with more corn starch, or cut into squares and roll it in rose petals and barberries (far more traditional flavorings).
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