Maida Burfi Recipe | Sweet Flour Fudge Recipe
As I have mentioned countless time before in the blog, my mom specializes in sweets. She is a connoisseur who finds her way easily even while making a new recipe. Sweet making (esp. Indian ones) can be very tricky but she is adept at making adjustments in case things don't go her way and turn out a completely new (and delicious) product at the end. You can imagine her frustration at having a daughter who is like a fish out of water in the dessert world. So, her recent visit turned out to be a learning experience and while I was at it, I thought you might benefit from it as well. Hence the post today.
Maida Burfi Recipe | Sweet Flour Fudge Recipe
This South Indian speciality is a cinch to make, assures my mom. A sweet fudge made using all purpose flour (maida), this indeed took just few minutes to put together. Inspite of me being more preoccupied with the photoshoot (much to her annoyance :p) than the learning process, I have to accept that it certainly looked like I could make it myself with ease. It has minimal ingredient that's probably lying around in your pantry right now.
Maida Burfi Recipe | Sweet Flour Fudge Recipe
The amount of sweetness depends on your preference and this recipe uses an amount favorable to us. This makes a moderately sweet fudge with a smooth "melt-in-the-mouth" texture. The whole thing gets done in (or under) 30min, so it can be done in short notice. These are addictive and got over as soon as she made them with everyone loving it.
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  • Yields: Makes around 20 medium sized squares
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour (Maida),
  • 1 cup Sugar, see Tips
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Homemade Ghee plus extra for greasing
  • 1-2 tbsp sliced Almonds (optional), or see Tips
  • 1-2 drops of Food Color (optional), see Tips
Tips
1. Evaporated Cane Juice: This recipe has been made using Evaporated Cane Juice to keep it vegetarian and a little less refined. The blonde colored sugar provides additional color to the burfi hence even without added food color, this recipe will not make the classic "White" burfi. But you can use regular white sugar instead (as traditionally used).
2. Almonds: You can use a any other nut of your choice or even a mix; think sliced pistas/cashews etc. But for those with Nuts Allergy, can skip it completely as well. If possible, try to use unpasteurized Almonds.I get mine from our Farmer's market and they make a big difference in taste/flavor.
3. Food Color: The color is totally optional. Usually home made versions are mostly white while the store bought version use colors. It's your choice. I use a brand which makes use of vegetable colorants without use of synthetic ones.
Method
1. Toast the nuts (if using) in medium heat. Here we dry roast it, but you can use some ghee if you like. Set aside.
2. In the same pan, add the ghee and heat it until hot. You know it's ready when adding a pinch of flour causes it to fry immediately.
3. Lower the heat and then add the sifted all purpose flour to it
4. and keep roasting it for few minutes until the aroma hits.
5. The texture will be thick, will be smooth and yet will clump together without sticking too much to the bottom. The heat should be low, to make sure it doesnt change color or get burnt. Set aside.
6. In another pan, add the water and sugar together
7. and let it come to a boil.
8. You want to cook it until an one-string consistency is reached wherein a thin long string is formed up to 1- 2 inches when tested in between thumb and fore finger. The temperature should be around 220-230F.
9. At this stage add coloring if desired. Lower the heat and add the flour mixture to it.
10. Mix it until well combined. If you live in a warm region, then you can switch off the flame and keep mixing until the mixture thickens. But in cooler/colder places, I find cooking it further in the stove (in low heat) helps to thicken it fast .
11. You know its ready when the mixture isn't very easy to stir like before and has a slightly pourable yet thick consistency. You can further check the readiness by dropping a bit on the counter top. Let it sit for few seconds to find that it sets instead of being malleable like a halwa. Once ready, pour this to a greased pan of your choice.
12. Spread uniformly and add the nuts on top. Press it slightly and let it sit for few minutes.
13. When almost set, make cuts of any shape of your choice and let it further cool down completely.
Remove them and store in airtight container. I can assure you that they won't stay long that way and will get over in a jiffy:)
Maida Burfi Recipe | Sweet Flour Fudge Recipe

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4 Comments

By Shrudee on Aug 23, 2016

Can we use jaggery instead of sugar?

I have never tried it myself, so not sure if it will work in this recipe. --DK

By Lisha Aravind on Feb 16, 2016

Maida burfi looks yumm..

By NJ-Cook4You on Feb 9, 2016

Need to make these immediately! My mouth is watering!

By Mikkel Magnuson on Jan 18, 2016

Hi DK ! This looks Delicious and Yummy. I love the idea of a maida barfi in the past but now with your blog help I made it last night and It was fantastic,delicious and yummy in taste. I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog. I’m sure to be back for more.Thanks for sharing.

Thank you so much for the feedback. Its precious to a cook:) --DK