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Name this candy: apricot paste with pistachios

cbear Dec 4, 2007 07:56 PM

The one item that my grandmother wants for Christmas is some sort of candy that she described as "apricot paste with pistachios cut up in little squares". I am pretty sure this exists (as odd as it sounds) because I have very vague childhood memories of her eating this candy. Can anyone tell me what this is called and where I can buy it?

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    rumple RE: cbear Dec 4, 2007 08:31 PM

    What's your grandmother's ethic background, that might be a clue.

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      Humbucker RE: cbear Dec 4, 2007 08:33 PM



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        justagthing RE: Humbucker Dec 4, 2007 08:46 PM

        yes, cotlets and then there are also applets. dusted w/ powdered sugar i believe, they are available in many stores as well, especially this time of the year. possibly target or trader joe's

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          HLing RE: Humbucker Dec 5, 2007 07:19 PM

          Thanks for the link. I just got to look at the website now. I never realized they had all the other goodies besides Aplet and Cotlets...nor did I know the founders were Armenian immigrants who created candies from their childhood using fruits of the new world. Under Fruit Delights they had some selections that I've never tasted while in Washington States:

          "..Old-Fashioned LocoumĀ® Gift Boxes - Our fresh-tasting version of a Near-East delicacy with flavors right out of the Arabian Nights! Includes Cinnamon & Walnut, Orange Blossom & Almond, Rose & Pistachio, and Lemon...."

          Now I want to order some, too.

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          HLing RE: cbear Dec 4, 2007 09:01 PM

          Applets and cotlets...I see them most when growing up in the Northwest.
          Aren't they also called Turkish Delights? Especially if she mentions pistachio nuts?
          In the Northwest it is more often with walnuts, if I remembered correctly.

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            JungMann RE: HLing Dec 6, 2007 07:59 AM

            I always knew these as Turkish Delights. I can't think of a time when I've ever seen anything called "cotlets."

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            emilief RE: cbear Dec 5, 2007 10:43 AM

            This candy is common in Greece and is called loukoumi (aka Turkish delight). The applets and cotlets are ok by not as good as authentic.

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              cbear RE: cbear Dec 5, 2007 06:23 PM

              Thank you all - I am almost positive that Aplets or Cotlets is the candy that she is referring to. I vaguely remember that they were dusted in powdered sugar and the picture on the website looks right.

              1. alkapal RE: cbear Dec 6, 2007 10:11 AM

                i don't recall applets or cotlets having nuts, esp. not pistachios.
                applets and cotlets i just saw at target.

                look at this turkish delight with pistachio:

                1. plum RE: cbear Dec 6, 2007 01:26 PM

                  If your grandmother is from the Levant, it sounds like she's talking about a sweet called Malban! One very popular variety is apricot malban with pistachios. Another really popular kind is three stripes of apricot paste with stripes of white nougat studded with green pistachios between.

                  Other varieties of malban have nougat, nuts, coconut, raisins, rosewater, sesame seeds - many different colourful combinations. Any Lebanese or Syrian shop will have a selection, both in gift boxes and individually wrapped.

                  Here's a picture I found online:

                  I do like Turkish Delight, and it is similar - but what your grandmother described sounds so exactly like malban to me...

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                    LeslieB RE: plum Dec 6, 2007 04:40 PM

                    Wow, those sound awesome. I might have to go hit up the neighborhood Lebanese markets and get some.

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                      alkapal RE: plum Dec 6, 2007 05:04 PM

                      looks fabulous! i bookmarked the site.

                    2. plum RE: cbear Dec 19, 2007 05:59 PM

                      cbear, I don't know what you ended up getting your grandmother, but coincidentally today I found a recipe for this very thing.

                      The recipe is from Poopa Dweck's "Aromas of Aleppo" (a Syrian Jewish cookbook), and is accompanied by a gorgeous photograph of diamond-shaped pieces of apricot paste with pistachios. Here is the recipe paraphrased:

                      Helou Mishmosh (Apricot Paste with Pistachios)

                      8 oz shelled and peeled pistachios
                      3 lb dried apricots
                      1 cup cold dessert syrup (recipe follows)

                      Blanch the pistachios by putting them into a saucepan filled with boiling water. Immediately lower the heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Drain and set aside.

                      Set up a steamer basket over boiling water and steam the apricots in small batches, 4-5 minutes per batch, stirring now and then so they soften evenly. Set aside covered to keep hot.

                      Using a food processor, add the hot apricots in small batches and pulse until they form a smooth paste. Scrape out and repeat.

                      Combine the apricot paste, dessert syrup and pistachios in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce heat to low, simmering until the mixture forms a cohesive paste.

                      Line the bottom of a rectangular baking pan (15" x 10") with parchment paper. Pour the mixture into a tray and smooth it out.

                      Dry the mixture for a week uncovered or loosely covered with foil.

                      When the paste is dry, use a sharp knife to detach the edges from the pan and turn the slab of paste out onto the counter. Slice diagonally into 1 1/4" diamonds.

                      Poopa Dweck says the sweet will keep for a month, but you must cover it with foil because plastic wrap will make it soggy.

                      And here is the paraphrased recipe for the dessert syrup:

                      Shira - Dessert Syrup

                      3 cups sugar
                      1 tsp lemon juice
                      1/2 tsp orange blossom water or rose water

                      Combine all the ingredients with 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring the whole time with a wooden spoon.

                      Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes, until the syrup thickens and drips slowly down the back of the spoon.

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                        saggdevil RE: cbear May 4, 2009 12:54 PM

                        Turkish Delights is the candy you grandmother wants. They are multi flavored candies quite the same as Aplets and Cotlets except the flavors. Rolled in powdered sugar.
                        Aplets and Cotlets are made by Liberty Orchards in Washington State. They are available online.

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