Carrot and Walnut Slices/ Turkish Cezeriye
This is a traditional dessert popular in Turkey and Afghanistan. The name of the dish derives from the Arabic word,cezer,meaning carrots.In southern Turkey, cezeriye refers to all desserts prepared with carrots.This dish actually has a candy/ jelly like consistency. If you like a more jelly like texture process the carrots and walnuts using a food processor into the consistency you like. It is wonderful dessert with the taste of carrots, walnuts ( you can use nuts of your choice) and coconut. Serve it with a little whipped cream and it is a perfect dessert for any occasion.
Recipe source: The Turkish Cookbook, Nur Ilkin and Sheilah Kaufman, Interlink Books, Massachusetts.
Coarsely grated carrots- 2 1/2 cup
Water- 3/4 cup+ 2 tbs
Coarsely chopped walnuts or hazelnuts- 3/4 cup
Lemon juice- 1/2 lemon
Clove powder- a pinch (optional)
Coconut- 1/4 cup
(sweetened or unsweetened)
In a heavy bottom pan,combine sugar,carrots and 3/4 cup of water. Cook in medium low heat for about 45- 50 minutes or till all the water is absorbed and the carrot is soft and cooked. When the liquid is almost absorbed mix cornstarch with two tbs of water and stir into the carrot mixture., Using a potato masher, mash the carrots well for three to four minutes. Stir in walnuts and continue to stir for three to four minutes till it all comes together into one mass and when pressed between finger it will be sticky. Sprinkle clove powder and lemon juice and switch off.
Grease a pan (pyrex dish) and sprinkle coconut. Spread the carrot mixture even out the top using a spatula. Sprinkle the top with coconut. Let it cool at room temperature for three to four hours. To serve slice into one inch squares.
Hope you will all enjoy.