Cardamom–pistachio butter fudge from Qom

Cardamom–pistachio butter fudge from Qom

Sohan-e Qom

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From
Saraban
Makes
650 g
Photographer
Mark Roper

This wickedly buttery, cardamom-scented sweet is from the religious city of Qom, about an hour south of Tehran, and is famous all around Iran. The texture is hard to define – it is perhaps closer to fudge than brittle or toffee – but it is absolutely addictive.

Make in one large slab, and cut or break into random pieces, or drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto the prepared tray to make individual round portions. The high butter content means it can ‘sweat’ a little bit, so store it in a cool place in an airtight tin, rather than a plastic container. It will keep well for up to two weeks.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
500g caster sugar
80ml corn syrup
80ml water
300g unsalted butter, roughly diced
2 teaspoons ground cardamom
2 tablespoons Saffron liquid

Method

  1. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Combine the sugar, corn syrup and water in a heavy-based saucepan over a low heat until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Increase the heat and cook until the mixture begins to become golden in colour, then whisk in the butter, cardamom and saffron liquid and cook for a few minutes more, until an even butterscotch colour.
  3. Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking tray and use a spatula to smooth it out as thinly as you can.
  4. Sprinkle on the pistachios, pressing them gently into the surface of the toffee. Leave to cool completely before cutting into pieces with a sharp knife.
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