Rose Desert (Gul Tatlisi)
1 cup semolina
½ cup yogurt
125 gram margarine, at room temperature
½ cup canola oil
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
A pinch of salt
For garnish almond, hazelnut or walnut
3 cups sugar
3 cups water
1 tsp lemon juice
Prepare the syrup first by mixing the water and sugar. Bring to a boil and after boiling for a couple of minutes stir in lemon juice and set aside to cool.
For the dough, mix the yogurt, oil, margarine and semolina. Then, slowly add flour and the remaining ingredients and form a soft dough. Use a rolling pin to flatten to dough for about 1/8-1/9 inch thickness. Use circle cutter about 1 ½-2 inch in diameter to cut circles. Place 3 circles on top of each other as in picture. Then place almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts in the middle of the edges as in picture. Then roll it and cut in half to form a rose shape. Or, you may first cut the circles in two and then place the nuts and then roll it up as in the picture.
Place the rose shapes over a greased oven tray and bake in a preheated oven at 350 F (180 C) for about 20-25 minutes or until they turn light brown. Pour the cooled syrup all over the desert evenly. You may turn the roses upside down gradually to let them absorb the syrup evenly. Let them sit in the syrup overnight and then serve the next day.
By Hayriye Cetin Karaca ( www.turkishfoodandrecipes.com )