If you enjoyed my dad’s semesmeyeh sesame bites (recipe HERE), you’re going to love this peanut variety. These homemade peanuts and Arabic Syrup (Attar) chewy candies will be a hit at any gathering!
Caramel Peanut Bites (Fest2eye)
This is my dad’s famous festeyeh dessert, made with roasted peanuts and arabic syrup
This was as close as I could get to a recipe the first time around. There are going to be variances depending on how thick or runny your syrup is.
Make the Arabic syrup first (recipe below). It can be done well in advance.
Spray a flat wide baking pan with crisco. Baking tray size: about 17 by 12 inches
Our peanuts were already roasted, but we roasted the 4 whole cups of peanuts (not the 1 crushed) for 5 min or so for a fresher roasted flavor.
After roasting the peanuts, add the crushed 1 cup to the pan, followed by the Arabic Syrup (attar). We used 3 cups of syrup (recipe below).
When the syrup starts to foam around the edges, it is a sign that you are close to done. Ours started to foam around 15 minutes. A minute or so later, the caramel will be golden brown and ready to be transferred to a flat baking tray.
Shake tray to flatten and spread out the peanut mix, and let cool for a few hours. Cut and enjoy!
Store refrigerated and pull out of fridge a little prior to serving.
Add 6 cups of sugar and 3 cups water to a pot over stovetop, stirring frequently until boil starts.
Add 2 full tablespoons of lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon rose water. Lower heat.
We simmer the syrup for an hour, stirring occasionally (unlike other attar varieties that simmer for only 15-20 minutes.)
You will only need 3 or so cups of this syrup for the recipe I shared.