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Turkish Desserts to die for!

7th March 2015

Turkish Desserts

Most of us don't think of Turkey as the place for desserts and it's hard to match the delicious choice of cakes, pastries, and puddings found in countries such as the US, France or the UK.

But Turkey has a surprise up it's sleeve and it's in the form of a sticky syrup pastry of yumminess and trust us one will never be enough!

The ever-popular baklava is just the tip of the iceberg of Turkish desserts and we have collated the best syrup enriched desserts to sample.

So go ahead and give them a try - Enjoy!


Turkish Künefe

'Künefe' is a crispy, cheese-filled dessert made with 'kadayıf' (kah-dah-YUF') a dough which is soaked in sweet syrup. It must be eaten hot, and straight after it is cooked. (the cheese will be soft and stringy) 'Künefe' is cooked and served in a shallow, round metal pan that's especially designed for making this special dessert. Kunefe is considered one of the best desserts and is widely available throughout Turkey. (below)

Lokma (Fried Sweet Dough)

Lokma meaning “one bite” 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. Once cooked in hot oil, these golden, light bubbles should be served immediately, and can be dusted with aromatic cinnamon.


This dessert originates from the district of Kemalpaşa, Bursa, in Turkey. Traditionally it is made using a cheese variety that is particular to the region.  The dessert is prepared from a dough of flour, unsalted cheese, semolina, egg, water and baking powder. The dough is formed into small balls that are fried and then boiled in syrup. Kemalpaşa can be eaten fresh or dried and is served with cream or ice cream.

Tulumba Tatlısı

Tumlumba is an amazing Turkish dessert which is fried & soaked in sweet syrup. It's a little crunchy on the outside and quite juicy on the inside, and is a truly delicious mini delight!
Tulumba is a popular dessert found in the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire.

Turkish Baklava

A classic dessert, Baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey.

Kalburabasti (Hurma)

Syrup-drenched pastries with a riddled appearance. Kalbura basti is featured among the favourite specialities and is prepared during the three-day Holiday known as Şeker Bayram. This dessert can be served with ice-cream.


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