Most of the Middle Eastern desserts are made using this basic recipe of sugar syrup, which is commonly known as Atir in Arabic.
Its a combination of sugar and water which is flavored with either rosewater or orange blossom water, depending on the recipe its used in.
Usually after the dessert is baked, then its drenched with this sugar syrup. The amount of Atir or sugar syrup used will depend on how sweet you like your dessert to be.
You will need:
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- juice of half a lemon, about 1 tablespoon
- 1 tablespoon Orange blossom water
In a pot, add the sugar and water. Then bring it to a boil and stir every once in a while.
Keep boiling until the sugar is dissolved.
Once the sugar is dissolved completely, add the lemon juice. This prevents crystallization.
After adding the lemon, bring it back to a boil and simmer it for about 15 mins. Keep an eye on it all the time, allow the syrup to boil until it get a little thicker and starts to change color very slightly. You don’t want a caramel, just a slightly yellowish color.
Remove the pot from the heat and add the orange blossom water.
I will be referring to this recipe in many of the Middle Eastern desserts.
Happy cooking, and as we say in Arabic “Sahha Wi Afia”