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Monday, August 1, 2016

MIŠĀŠ (Hisp-Ar) WITH A 13TH CENTURY RECIPE FOR FLATBREAD IN SYRUP


mišāš irresistible with rose syrup!
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Ar mishâsh, Eng mishash. During the 15th C in Persia it was a sweetmeat made with sesame seeds. Anon Al-Andalus, however, provides three recipes for mishash, which are fried flatbreads or semolina dough doused with syrup. There are no sesame seeds in these recipes. [Anón/Huici.1966:431: 238 and 432:239: ES: Anon/Perry. Sep 5, 00:ftn 179]

RECIPE FOR MISHASH[1] ADAPTED FROM HUICI’S TRANSLATION OF ANÓN AL-ANDALUS #431 RECETA DEL MIŠĀŠ[2], p 238

Ingredients

1 ½ c semolina 
¼ c dissolved animal fat or oil
½ tsp yeast
¾ c water
Greasing Dough with Index Finger
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oil for frying
rose syrup* or honey

Preparation

Soak semolina or fine flour with 2 tbsp fat or oil. Knead it. While kneading add yeast and water little by little. Continue kneading for about 10 minutes until the dough is slack.  Cover with a towel and let sit until the dough doubles in size.

Roll out a piece of dough on a smooth surface and wipe fat over the surface with the index finger. Turn it over and roll the dough until very thin. Smear the top with fat as above.

Cut the dough into triangles, circles and/or squares. Heat a frying pan. Add olive oil. When hot, fry the pieces of dough until done. Remove from the frying and place the pieces on paper towels to absorb excess oil. Place them on a serving dish and pour rose syrup or honey over them. Eat piping hot!

*THE MEDIEVAL SPANISH COOK'S RECIPE FOR ROSE SYRUP
Rosewater Gives and Extra Touch
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Ingredients 

¼ c water
2 c sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice 
¼ c rose water

Preparation

Heat water and sugar. Stir for 10 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until a syrup is formed/about 220-230ºF on a candy thermometer. Serve poured over semolina bread. 


[1] Perry explains that in 15th century Iran, mishash was the name of a sweetmeat made from sesame seeds.
[2] Huici states that mišāš is derived from malla meaning dissolve.

HUICI’S TRANSLATION OF ANÓN AL-ANDALUS #431


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