A flour-based, semolina crusted, baked sweet with almond and orange notes. Said to be named after the Ottoman grand vizier who saved a sultans life by accidentally wounding him.
Ottoman Sweets & Desserts: Vezir Parmağı (The Vizier's Fingers) Recipe.
- 1.5 cups sugar
- Juice of 1 orange
- 1 Cup water
- 2 cups flour
- 100 grams of butter
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 5-6 drops of almond essence or flavouring
- 1/2 cup of yoghurt
- 1 Large egg
- 10grams (1 Packet) of baking powder mix
- 4-5 handfuls of semolina
How To Make Turkish Flour & Semolina Dessert
Place the sugar, orange juice and water into a saucepan and bring to the boil for several minutes before removing from the heat and allowing to cool.
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan toasted the flour until slightly browned.
Add in the butter and oil and continue to stir until thoroughly mixed and no large lumps remain.
Allow to cool.
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees.
Once cooled, add in the almond extract, yoghurt, egg and baking powder.
Bring together into a wet but moldable dough.
Place the semolina onto a plate - it will be used to coat the finger portions.
Take a walnut shell sized piece (Around a measuring tablespoon) amount of dough and roll into a finger shape.
Gently roll the dough finger in the semolina to coat it and place on a baking paper-lined oven tray.
Bake in the preheated oven for around 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
Pour the cold orange syrup over the fingers.
After 5 or so minutes prop up one side of the try to allow excess syrup to drain off.
For my take on the story behind this dish's name see The Vizier's Fingers.
Notes on making Turkish Desserts.
- The dessert can be fried as is more often served in Turkey but this makes for a more dense treat.
- The sherbet ratio has also been reduced compared to traditional service. You may make more or leave the dessert to soak for longer should you wish for a sweeter treat.
- Orange can be substituted for a few lemon drops and almond can be omitted if you wish.