Basic Recipe: Sugar Syrup

Sugar Syrup is poured over baked desserts like bakalawa and basbousa and all fried Arabic sweets are dipped in it for a sweet coating.

2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 tbspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
1 tablespoon rose or orange blossom water (optional)

Place the sugar, water and lemon in a saucepan and simmer for about 20 minutes. Add the rose or orange blossom water at the end.