(Şam Tatlisi - Bayram Dessert)
1 1/2 cup yogurt, plain
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cup semolina
2 tbsp flour
1 tsp baking powder
4 cups water
4 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 lemon juice, ~2 tbsp
16 almonds, peeled or pine nuts
3 Lt Pyrex dish or cake mold or casserole dish, oiled
Boil the syrup ingredients for 15 minutes, put aside, let it cool down.
Mix the yogurt, sugar, egg and vanilla extract with a spoon until the sugar melts. Then add the semolina, flour and baking powder. Mix them using the spoon. Pour the batter into the oiled Pyrex dish. Assume it will be cut in 16 rectangle pieces, so arrange 16 almonds or pine nuts on top.
Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C) and bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes until it takes a golden colour. Cut Şam Dessert into 16 equal rectangle pieces. Pour the cold syrup slowly all over. The syrup won't be soaked completely, approximately 1 cup will be left (picture).
Şam Dessert should be put aside for at least 4 hours before serving.
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