[Sca-cooks] Khabisa with Pomegranate

Pat Griffin ldyannedubosc at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 26 11:34:20 PDT 2008

Since the original recipe calls for "semolina" and not "ground semolina" or
"semolina flour", I would substitute wheat berries.  Whole different texture
going on, I'd think.

Lady Anne du Bosc Known as Mordonna The Cook

Mka Pat Griffin

Thorngill, Meridies

mka Montgomery, AL

-----Original Message-----
From: Georgia Foster [mailto:jo_foster81 at hotmail.com] 
Sent: Monday, March 24, 2008 10:24 PM
To: Cooks within the SCA
Subject: [Sca-cooks] Khabisa with Pomegranate

As provided by this list:
Khabisa recipe form the FOOD_SWEETS section of Stevens Florilegium: Addlsn-
Andalusian Pastries by Dinah bint Ismai’l
Khabisa with Pomegranate
Take half a ratl of sugar and put it in a metal or earthenware pot and pour
in three ratls of juice of sweet table pomegranates (rumman sofri)and half
an u qiya of rosewater wit a penetrating smell. Boil it gently and after two
boiling, add half a mudd of semolina and boil until the semolina is cooked.
Throw in the weight of a quarter dirham of ground and sifted saffron and
three u qiyas of almonds. Put it in a dish and sprinkle over it the like of
pounded sugar and make balls of this.
Here is what happened.
1.25 cups of raw sugar
1.25 cups of pomegranate juice (I used commercial 100% pomegranate juice)
3 tablespoons of orange juice (no rosewater, and my usual source was out)
¾ pound brown rice flour (lacking semolina, I remembered that someone talked
about using rice flour for this)
¾ pound ground almonds
3 saffron threads bloomed in 1 tablespoon warm water
Powdered sugar to roll in
Stir the pomegranate juice and orange juice into the sugar. Boil to 235 f
(syrup) Add the rice flour. Cook and stir until the mixture will no longer
boil. Remove from heat, stir in the almonds and saffron. Stir and allow to
cool just until it can be handled. Roll into balls the size of a walnut (I
used my small cookie dough scoop). Roll the balls in powdered sugar. This
made 30 #2 scoop sized balls (about a tablespoon each)
The youngest thinks it is 
. Weird. Tomorrow I will take it to work and see
what a more adult palate will think. I will provide comment cards for those
who try it 
 to see what they think. 
Jo (Georgia L.) Foster
Never knock on Death's door.
Ring the doorbell and run ... he hates that.

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