Şekerpare is one of the many delectable and popular desserts in the Turkish cuisine. Mainly prepared by baking some soft balls of pastry dipped in thick lemony sugar syrup.
Pronounced “sheh-ker-pah-reh” in Turkish, this mouth-watering traditional dessert will surely satisfy anyone who has an appetite for baked pastries soaked in the sweetness of a lemony pool of syrup.
- 16 tbs butter at room temperature,
- 3/4 cup semolina,
- 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
- 2 eggs (one yolk is used for the top)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbs orange water blossom ( mazaher )
- Flour as needed
For the simple syrup:
- 2 cups sugar,
- 2 1/2 cups water,
- 3-4 drops of lemon.
- Combine butter, 1 egg, 1 egg white, confectioners sugar and semolina in a large bowl and mix well.
- Begin to knead adding flour little by little.
- Add baking powder and vanilla and orange water blossom.
- Add flour and knead until the consistency of play dough.
- Shape in a desired size and set a baking sheet,
- Mix the egg yolk and rub the tops of the sekerpares with a brush,
- Take a fork and scratch the tops lightly.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 400 F until golden brown.
- Start preparing the syrup after the sekerpares are cooled.
- For this combine water, sugar and lemon juice into a large cooking pan and stir until sugar is dissolved away.
- Boil for 10-15 minutes.
- Wait for 5 minutes to cool the syrup a little.
- Pour the hot syrup on to the cooled sekerpares and wait for at least 1 hour to soak them the syrup.
- You do not have to use the whole quantity of the syrup you made, depends on how sweet you like your dessert to be.
- Garnish with crushed pistachios.