Happy New Year 2013.
Fritters, aka Mushabbak or Zlabiah
INGREDIENTS: 8 servings
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 cup of cornflour
- 1 Tbsp. of dry instant yeast
- 1 Tbsp. of sugar
- 1/2 tsp. of cardamom (or mahlab)
- 1 liter (4 cups) of oil
- Sugar syrup:
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. rose water or a sprig of geranium leaf dipped in the syrup or a flavoring of your choice
- Food coloring (optional)
1•Place the flour, cornflour, cardamom, instant yeast, sugar in a large mixer bowl; mix until the dry ingredients are well combined. Pour 1 cup of warm water and mix for a few minutes until the mixture is smooth. Place the bowl in a closed cupboard and wait for a few hours for the mixture to swell and bubble up. In the meantime, prepare the syrup.
2.Place the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat; add the lemon juice and bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the rose water. Let the syrup cool completely.
3.Heat the oil to 375F; stir the batter to deflate the bubbles and pour into a plastic bottle with a spout or a decorating bag with a tube with a small opening. Squirt the batter into the hot oil in a circular motion. Wait two minutes for the fritter to puff up and get stiff and golden and lift up and drain of all the oil; immediately dip into the syrup for 30 seconds, then lift and place in a serving platter. Serve.
Note: These fritters taste best when fresh. They can be garnished with gold leaf.