It's rare that I come across something new in Turkey so I was excited to discover an unfamiliar ingredient at the cheese stall last market day. I had no idea what "andız" were and at first glance thought the picture on the front of the jar was of beets. The cheese-seller wasn't sure what an andız was either but he knew it grew on a tree, so that ruled out beetroot. I bought the jar anyway and the nice chap behind the counter gave me a big slice of ricotta free of charge - he'd probably despaired of ever selling this unknown commodity. When I got home, I tried a teaspoon but this didn't give me any clues so I fired up the Mac and found out that andız pekmez is juniper molasses, (even though the word for "juniper" is "ardıç"). I've never come across this before and hope somebody reading this will have more information.
110g plain flour
80g rolled oats
Half tsp bicarb of soda
50 g sultanas
100g juniper molasses
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
- Heat the oven to 180 C
- Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl
- Melt the butter, add the molasses and add to the dry ingredients
- Mix well and drop spoonfuls on to a lined and greased baking try
- Bake on a upper shelf for 15 minutes
- Don't bake until they are completely hard, as they harden up on cooling.
I tried them out at book club on Wednesday and they got a thumbs-up.