Fatma learned how to make this sweet from her friend who lives in Rize, a province in northeast Turkey. According to the story, two lovers would make this dessert when they were at odds with each other, in hopes of reconciling. Gonca gül tatlısı are also prepared at every stage of a courtship — during the proposal, to celebrate the engagement, and to eat during wedding parties, as a symbol for happiness and love.
Prepare syrup by combining the water and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Boil for 20 minutes, then remove from heat, stir in the lemon juice, and let cool.
Mix the yogurt, butter, oil, and egg in a large bowl with a wooden spoon. Stir in the semolina, flour, baking powder, and vanilla powder, mixing to make a dough as soft as an earlobe.
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