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ARMENIAN PASTEGH - ARMENIAN GRAPE JUICE LEATHER



This dessert brings back old memories from my childhood. Walnuts covered with an almost rubbery coating of thickened grape juice. Delicious and a great substitute for candy.


RECIPE PRINTED FROM: THEGUTSYGOURMET.NET©

ARMENIAN PASTEGH - ARMENIAN GRAPE JUICE LEATHER

INGREDIENTS:Makes 4 lbs. canady

 ●  8 cups grape juice**SEE COOK'S NOTE**
 ●  ½ sugar (optional for more sweetness)
 ●  corn starch
 ●  1 cup flour (Gold Medal all purpose)

DIRECTIONS  

1.  Heat 2 cups of the grape juice until lukewarm. 

2.   Add the flour to the warm grape juice and mix well.  

3.  Bring the rest of the grape juice to a boil and add the flour mixture slowly and stirring constantly until the mixture begins to bubble.   

4.  Spread a sheet of muslin or plastic wrap on a flat surface and pour the mixture out evenly to a layer of about 1/8 inch.  

5.  Let this dry for about 12 hours.  

6.  Peel the muslin or plastic  wrap off the surface and hang like a sheet from a line and let dry for 24 more hours.  

7.  Spray the backside of the muslin (not plastic wrap)  lightly with water to release the bastegh from the muslin. 

8.   Powder the bastegh with cornstarch,  cut into strips and roll up and store in a jar.

COOKS NOTE* 
1.  Other fruit juices can be used instead of grape juice.  Pomegranate and berry juices work very well.  The pastegh takes on the color of the juice you are using.  The darker the juice the darker the
    fruit leathers.  

NOTE: ALTHOUGH NOT THE EXACT RECIPE PRESENTED,  THE VIDEOS BELOW MIGHT BE OF HELP TO YOU.
1.  The recipe above was used by the indigenous people of Asia Minor long before the advent of dehydrators and modern heat controlled ovens.  The videos below make the process much simpler.
     Fruit in times gone by were seldom used to make juice,  and the juice was a by-product of other processing.  Nothing went to waste in those days,  and the juice was made into leathers as a candy
     or sweets for the children.  One of the videos shows how to oven dry the leathers,  and the other how to use the dehydrator.

U-TUBE VIDEO 1 - HOW TO MAKE PASTEGH OR FRUIT JUICE LEATHER

U-TUBE VIDEO 2 -  HOW TO MAKE PASTEGH OR FRUIT JUICE LEATHER

  



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