Although perhaps known more for its street food, Turkey is also fast becoming one of the finest places in the region for sampling sumptuous desserts! Although everybody seems to know about Dondurma, Lokum, and Baklawa, there are 5 more Turkish treats that will get your tummy rumbling!
5. Kazandibi is a caramelised milk pudding, with the bottom of the pudding deliberately burned to give it a distinctive visual appeal. The name “Kazandibi” means “bottom of the cauldron”, as this is supposedly where the burning takes place. Despite its simple appearance, the taste is heavenly!
4. Ekmek Ketafi is a Turkish bread pudding dessert. It is usually served with kaymak, a kind of clotted cream. There are a lot of similarities in this dessert to the Arabic/Egyptian sweet known as Kunafeh.
3. Aşure (or Noah’s Pudding) is a Turkish dessert congee that is made of a mixture consisting of grains, fruits, dried fruits and nuts. Traditionally, it is made in large quantities to commemorate the ark’s landing and is distributed to friends, neighbours, and colleagues as an offering of peace and love. Aşure was traditionally made and eaten during the colder months of the year as it is highly calorific, but now it is enjoyed year-round!
2. Sütlaç is a delightful variation on the simple rice pudding dessert, and is served stone cold. It is often browned in a salamander broiler and garnished with cinnamon. It may be sweetened with sugar to add a little extra pizzazz! Sütlaç is yet another example of Turkey improving on traditional recipes!
1. Tavuk göğsü is a Turkish milk pudding made with chicken meat! It became one of the most famous delicacies served to the Ottoman sultans in the Topkapı Palace, and is even today considered a “signature dish” of Turkey. The traditional version uses white chicken breast meat, which is softened by boiling then mixed with milk, sugar, cracked rice, and a flavouring such as cinnamon. The result is a thick pudding often shaped for presentation.
Which is your favourite Turkish dessert? And how do you think they all compare to other desserts in Europe and central Asia?