White-dust covered red semi-firm cubes.|
Middle and Upper Classes|
- 2½ cups sugar
- ¾ cup water
- ⅛ tsp citric acid OR lemon juice OR cream of tartar
- ⅝ cup cornstarch
- 4 Tbsp rose water, syrup, or oil in any combination
- Optional: Desired amount of chopped dates, pistachios, hazelnuts or walnuts
Ithanian Pleasure is a sweet dessert native to the Ithanian Ailor of Daen, though its origin is shrouded. Many suggest it was created by the Altalar first, and refined by the Ailor later, though a far different origin suggests a mysterious origin. Surrounded by a dusting of sugar or cornstarch, the red treat is easily stored for consumption later and is largely considered a meal fit only for nobility.
Ithanian Pleasure is an old sweet of the Ithanian people, though its exact origin is lost to time. Some claim that it originated as a treat of the Altalar nobility, with their servants in the north of the Allorn Empire eventually iterating on it into the current dish, but a different tale exists in the Ithanian culinary world. This story says that many years ago, a traveler came from afar, being un-Ithanian in mannerisms yet eager to teach and learn culinary skills. It is said this man, Loka, introduced the earliest versions of the Ithanian Pleasure into the region before he suddenly vanished. Those who had been learning under him then fanned out across what was now the Ithanian Sovereignty, the transition from Altalar principalities into Ailor territories supposedly happening shortly before Loka’s departure. These men and women in the culinary world then set out the produce this dish for their patrons, and it was rapidly embraced. Today, the dish is a rarity in broader Aloria, and can only be bought in specialty treat stores. Within the realm of the Regalian Empire, it is commonly enjoyed by the upper class and those able to afford the occasional luxury.
Ithanian Pleasure is labor and time-intensive, as well as being somewhat difficult to get perfect. The first step is the mixing of sugar, two cups of water, and the chosen acidic substance together in a heavy-bottomed pan, which should be brought to a boil briefly, with the heat then lowered afterward. Following this, heat should be maintained at a low level for a while, though the sugar syrup should not be stirred, though any forming sugar crystals should be wiped off the sides of the pan and into the mixture. At the same time, the cornstarch and remaining water should be mixed in a bowl. Once this has been done, and the sugar syrup is left for about ten minutes, it should be temporarily removed from the heat with a small portion of it placed into the cornstarch mixture to warm up this mixture. After mixing, the cornstarch mixture should be dribbled into the sugar syrup while being continuously stirred. Once they are completely combined, the new mixture should be returned to low heat and slowly stirred. It should rapidly begin to thicken, and at this point, various confectioners have various different consistency points at which they deem it suitable. The addition of any combination of the rose water, oil, and syrup also factors into this, with the most accepted standard being two tablespoons of rose water and two tablespoons of rose syrup. Once these additives have been added, they should be vigorously stirred in, followed shortly after by the pan being removed from the heat. The mixture should then be placed into a suitably sized pan lined with parchment paper or greased wax. Should it be desired, nuts or fruits can be added and covered up at this phase. The dessert should then be left to cool for six hours in a chilled location. After it has cooled, the dish should be cut into small squares and dusted with cornstarch to keep them from sticking to each other, though some use powdered sugar for a sweeter experience. Regardless, at the end, the treat can be stacked on a serving platter and then served, or closed away in a Tin or another metal box for later consumption.
- Ithanian Pleasure has several varieties, though in general, they appear as red or pale red semi-firm cubes surrounded on most sides by a dusting of white. Sometimes, nuts or other additives can be seen suspended in the dish, but this is rare.
- Ithanian Pleasure lacks a very distinct smell, but could generally be classified as smelling vaguely sweet and, for the most discerning nose, of roses.
- Consistency between the different Ithanian Pleasure varieties varies from extremely soft and moist, to firmer and chewy. Most common types sit in the middle between the two extremes and taste sweet, melting on the tongue quite well. They can also have additional tastes based on anything added to the dish when being poured.
- A common, though highly modern, folktale tells of an evil witch luring a brother away from his siblings with Ithanian Pleasure as his promised reward for leading them all to her home the next day, where the witch plans to cook them all. Unfortunately, the children all team up, and throw her into her own cooking pot, defeating and trapping her in sugar syrup.
- Some claim that Loka held a great sway over utility control spells, capable of cooking without actually touching any ingredients or tools.
HydraLana on 04/18/2021.|
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