Almond Burfi

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Almond Burfi

This simple Almond Burfi Recipe is a real treat.  Burfi is a dense milk based sweet confectionery from India, a type of mithai. A creamy desert with the consistency of fudge. The confection is served in India, all year round, but especially consumed during the holiday seasons, wedding ceremonies, and the religious festivals.

Ingredients

200 g (2 cups) full-cream milk powder
220 g (1 cup) caster sugar
300 g finely ground almonds
2 cardamom pods, seeds finely ground
Green food colouring
Edible silver leaf (optional), to decorate

Method

Place milk powder in a bowl and gradually add 80 ml water, stirring, until the mixture just comes together in a firm ball
Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 1 hour or until the mixture is firm enough to crumble to a powder
Using your fingertips, crumble the ball into a fine powder
Place sugar and 125 ml water in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to the boil
Add crumbled milk mixture and cook, stirring continuously with a spatula for 5 minutes or until mixture thickens and comes away from the side of the pan
Stir in ground almonds and cardamom, and cook for a further minute, then remove from heat. Colour with food colouring
Grease a 30 cm x 20 cm slice pan and pour mixture into tray
Using a knife, score the top into 28 pieces
Refrigerate for 4 hours or until firm
Cut burfi into pieces using the score marks as a guide and decorate with silver leaf

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