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Ekmek Kadayifi - Turkish Palace Bread

Palace Bread

SpiceI have found this blissful dessert all over the middle east.  This recipe is adapted from Chef Ana Sortun’s Spice.  Try this once and it will be on your regular rotation.

 Ingredients:

  •  3 ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups honey
  • 1 Tablespoon rosewater
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 baguette, cut to four equal lengths, crust removed
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • ½ cup chopped pistachios

 Procedure:

  1. Combine the sugar and one cup of water in a large skillet. Bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium low and stir in the honey. Simmer for about 18 minutes, until the syrup is light amber (as it just begins to darken).
  3. Add the lemon and rosewater and stir in.
  4. Add the bread to the pan, pushing it into the syrup. Baste the bread with syrup until it is saturated.
  5. Continue to baste for about 30 minutes. Add water if needed to keep the syrup from becoming too thick.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool for 5 - 10 minutes.
  7. Cut the bread into 1 to 1 ½ inch squares.
  8. Plate two pieces of bread, top with one large spoon of mascarpone cheese and sprinkle liberally with pistachios.
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