Seker Pare

These traditional Turkish cookies are called seker pare which means sweet bits in Turkish.

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300 gr flour
180 gr semolina
240 gr butter
170 gr icing sugar
2 eggs
1 ½ c.c. baking powder
½ tsp salt
45 50 almonds, blanched
750 gr sugar
600 ml water
½ Tbs lemon juice


Preheat oven at 175° C.

1.  Prepare syrup. Boil the water, sugar and lemon juice for 10 minutes; allow cooling.

2.  Break the eggs into a glass bowl, add the icing sugar and blend with a hand-held mixer for 3 – 5 minutes.

3.  Add a little melted butter, baking powder and salt and continue to mix for a further 5 minutes.

4.  Finally, add the flour and semolina and knead until the dough becomes smooth and uniform.

5.  Break off a piece of dough (walnut sized), roll into a ball, press the top lightly between the palms of the hands and place in a greased baking pan. Do the same with the rest of the dough.

6.  Insert an almond into the centre of each ball. Bake  for 30 – 40 minutes.

7.  When ready, remove from oven and pour the cold syrup over.

8.  Leave it in the syrup for 1 hour before serving.


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