Having a sweet syrup that you can drizzle on top of your favorite dessert, fruit, or drink is ju! Attar (القطر، الشيرة) is a Middle Eastern simple sweet syrup. It is used in a wide variety of Middle Eastern desserts. It's sometimes poured or drizzled on the Middle Eastern desserts. Simple syrup is used in Znoud el sit, Basbosa, kunafa, Halawet El Jibn, Lokma, tulumba, and many other desserts.
Simple syrup is made of only 3 ingredients. However, you can add rose water or orange blossom water to the traditional Middle Eastern syrup. Also, add the whole cardamom to simple syrup. So, for now, let's talk more about super easy Atter and know how to make Attar together!
What is Special About this Middle Eastern Simple Syrup
Well, this recipe may be one of the easiest recipe you would ever make. Nothing can be more simple than mixing water with two other simple ingredients. You can create with 3 easy-to-find ingredients a sweet syrup that you can drizzle on top of fried or baked desserts, fruits, or even pour some of it in your drinks to add that special aromatic sweet taste.
Moreover, you can make this simple syrup in less than 10 minutes. I can't think of any recipe simpler and easier than this one here! If you are craving some sweets don't hasitate, head to your kitchen, and try this!
Different Variations of Attar
White sugar used in this recipe is the original simple version of Attar (simple syrup). You can use different sugars to create a different syrup by changing its color and flavor. For a golden color and a slight caramel flavor, add Demarara or Turbinado sugar instead of the white one. For a brownish color and more saturated flavor, add brown sugar.
Also, you can add rose water or blossom water as a fourth ingredient to add the aromatic twist to your Attar.
How to Use Attar
You can use this sweet simple syrup in many different ways:
- Pour some in some cold drinks like iced tea, lemonade, or iced coffee.
- After baking your favorite cake, drizzle some Attar on the top of it.
- Pour it over pancakes and waffles.
- Cut your favorite fruits and drizzle your Attar on top.
Tips For You
If you want to add orange blossom water, rose water, or both, you can add 1 teaspoon of each after adding lemon juice.
The ratio for simple syrup is 2 part sugar to 1 part water. This creates a thick syrup that can be used in many desserts during the Month of Ramadan.
When making this simple syrup, I highly recommend setting a timer. If you boil simple syrup too much, it can get too thick, it can burn, or sometimes it crystallizes after it cools down. When pouring your sugar into the pot, make sure you carefully add your sugar to the middle of the saucepan, water, and lemon juice.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Yes, that's what I usually do. I make about 4 cups and store them in jars or Syrup Bottles. They can be stored at room temperature for up to 6 months.
Yes, I used to add citric acid instead of lemon juice. You can add ⅛ teaspoon of citric acid.
Both can be found in the Middle Eastern grocery stores or on Amazon. I will leave the link for both of them at the end of this post.
It Makes a Difference!
- granulated white sugar
- fresh lemon juice
How to Make Attar:
This simple syrup requires no stirring, so don’t stir your sugar, but carefully pour your sugar in the middle of the pot, add water and lemon juice.
Cook on high heat for 8 minutes only. Set the timer, otherwise, it can burn or get too thick. Remove from the heat immediately. You will notice the syrup will still be runny. But, it will get thicker as it cools down.
After it has cooled, store it in a jar. You can keep simple syrup for up to 6 months at room temperature.
For a Special Sweet Day
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- Perfect Red Velvet Cookies Using Cake Mix
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How to Make Attar | Middle Eastern Simple Syrup | القطر
- 2 cups granulated white sugar
- 1 cup water (at room temperature)
- 2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- This simple syrup requires no stirring, so don’t stir your sugar, but carefully pour your sugar in the middle of the pot, add water and lemon juice.
- Cook on high heat for 8 minutes only. Set the timer, otherwise, it can burn or get too thick.
- Remove from the heat immediately. You will notice the syrup will still be runny. But, it will get thicker as it cools down.
- After it has cooled, store it in a jar. You can keep simple syrup for up to 6 months.