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Bitter Orange Cut into Pieces
Mourabba al Bousfeir chekaf


6 1/2 lbs. bitter orange, large size thick rind
3 2/3 lbs. sugar
1 pt. 6 oz. water for sugar
10 pts. 10 oz. water for boiling bitter orange
1 oz. lemon juice


First grate the outer rind with a grated. Cut orange into square pieces and boil over high heat for 10-15 minutes or until it is done. Take away from the heat and cool it by letting cold water run on it. Cover it with cold water. Change the cold water every 5 hours until 20 hours have passed. Take pieces of orange out of the water and fold each piece over and squeeze all water out of it and let them get a little dry in pan or tray. String these folded pieces on a thread, piercing each with a needle as you would string beads. Prepare syrup (check down) and after skimming the foam let it boil about 10 more minutes after which drop the string of orange piece into the syrup. Let it boil together about 20 minutes. Add lemon juice, boil a little longer then remove from heat.

Note: If syrup seems thin at the end of 20 minutes, lift up the strings of orange pieces and let the syrup boil alone until it is the desired thickness.

Ordinary Syrup


2 1/5 lbs. sugar
1 1/5 pt. water
2 tbs. lemon juice
1 oz. rose water.


Add sugar to the water and stir. Let boil hard until it foams. Skim and add lemon juice. Boil about five minutes and add rose water. Remove heat.

Note: Boiling syrup requires from 5 - 7 minutes.



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