Pekmez is a fruit syrup
made from grapes or mulberries that is popular in Turkey. Syrups can be
made from many fruits by following the same directions. Making a syrup
will make it sweeter and useful in many recipes calling for sugar.
grapes or mulberries in the freezer until frozen solid, and then
allow to thaw
Crush thawed berries and drain juice
through a jelly bag, or push
thawed berries through a sieve to remove juice.
Put the juice in a baked enamel,
ceramic or pyrex saucepan or casserole
dish and place over low heat, covered, and simmer for several hours
until liquid is reduced to a syrup. Even better, put over very low,
slow heat, such as a slow cooker and allow to slow cook for as long
it takes to reduce down to a syrup.
When cooled, store in small amounts in
fridge for immediate use or in
plastic bottles in freezer for long term storage or later use.
A tasty syrup can also be made from
apples, either whole apples or
peels and cores. See Apple Syrup (Sugar Substitute) on the page Apples