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Turkish desserts to enjoy during the festive season

23rd December 2014

Will you be eating Turkey in Turkey this Christmas ? ……And for dessert?, which treats will you be indulging in over the festive season?

Turkish desserts : We have it covered and have some inspirational ideas for you to choose. So put down that mince pie and try some Turkish treats !

Check out our Winter Turkish puddings & desserts to try over the festive season. Yum Yum!

Aşure or Noah's Pudding (as seen in the photo)
Named by some as 'the oldest dessert in the world', Aşure pudding contains many healthy ingredients such as dried fruits, barley, apricots, raisins, currants, figs, pine nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, chick peas and navy beans to name just a few, are all added to the pot, along with sugars and fruit juices and cooked all together to create this tasty and traditional pudding.

Aşure pudding, in modern Turkish culture is known as a symbol of friendship and unity. And when you prepare 'aşure,' be sure to make plenty of it, as it is customary to offer this dessert to all your guests and neighbours.

Baked Rice Pudding ( fırın sütlaç )
A cool and creamy treat and a healthy dessert choice after a big meal.
Baked rice pudding is first cooked on the stove, and then baked in the oven until brown.
The pudding is made from rice, milk and other ingredients such as cinnamon and raisins can also be added. This dish is traditionally served in small clay cups and is best eaten chilled.

Ayva Tatlısı or Baked Quince Dessert
A classic Turkish dessert of quince poached in sugar syrup (Quince: A fruit from the same family as apples & pears, and is similar in appearance to a pear) The dessert is made with cut quince fruit pieces and poached with sugar, lemon juice and spices to create a wonderful caramelised dessert. Ayva Tatlısı is perfect with a huge helping of clotted cream and is a delicious dessert that simply melts in the mouth!

Turkish Baklava
Baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey.
This sweet dessert, may not be the favourite to follow a traditional christmas dinner, but for an evening indulgence with a freshly brewed tea, it is truly delicious. And after all who's counting calories at this time of the year.

Lokma Tatlisi (Lokma means “one bite”)
Lokma is a small fried sweet dough (similar to a small doughnut) and is covered in syrup. This dessert is very popular in Turkish cuisine and is a good accompaniment to fresh coffee and is great for sharing with family and friends.

Let the feast begin!  Happy Holidays!

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