Burfi


Pronounced like "barfy" it's not what I was expecting to heard when I asked a friend what she wanted for her birthday. After a bit of an explanation, and a little googling, I finally understood. This Indian treat is popular for Diwali, a fall festival of light celebrated by Hindi's.

1 1/2 c. almond slivers
1 3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. milk
5 Tbsp. butter
Dash cardamom (optional)

In a food processor or high powered blender combine the almonds and milk. Puree until smooth. 

In a thick bottomed saucepan combine the almonds and milk mixture, the sugar, and the butter. Cook stirring, until the butter is completely melted. 

Keep cooking over medium heat, stirring constantly. The mixture will start to thicken, if you are using cardamom add it now. Keep cooking until the mixture is very thicken. When you stir it, it will start to pile up on itself and you will be able to see the bottom of the pan. This part took me about 20 minutes. 

Pour in to a greased pan. Mine was 8x11.5 but any size will work. The candy starts to t up quickly and doesn't need the sides. Spread about 1/2 inch thick and smooth the top with a buttered cake spatula. 

Allow to cool completely before cutting in to squares.

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