Turkish Sweets – A Small Guide

If you’ve ever been to Turkey you will no doubt have seen the countless bakeries that line the main streets of towns and cities. Baked goods are a way of life in Turkey, and it is a must to sample a few!

Whilst many are savoury, such as pogaca, borek, and simit (try them all, they’re delicious!), there are many which are sweet. Turkish sweets are syrupy, sugary, and they will do you the power of good if you have a sweet tooth!

So, what should you give a try when you visit Turkey?

Baklava

Without a doubt the number one treat to try! There are various shapes and recipe, but this is basically a flaky pastry, filled with a variety of nuts and pistachios, and then drowned in a syrupy sauce – utterly delicious!

Kunefe

Yes, it has cheese in it, but not like you think! This is a round dessert which is best served warm and with ice cream. The centre is a melted type of cheese and the top is a shredded wheat topping, with syrup over the top.

Sutlac

This is a type of rice pudding by description, but is a little more milky and less ricey!. You’ll find this everywhere, in supermarkets, restaurants, and many people make it at home. It’s very sweet too, and is ideal as a light pudding.

Turkish Delight (Lokum)

Everyone knows Turkish Delight, but trying it fresh and not from a box, is a must do! There are various different types, so do sample a few.

Tolumba

You’ll find many different types of fried sweets in Turkey, but tolumba is a popular one. You’ll find these on street carts and they’re a little like churros, i.e. it is a deep fried batter that is covered in syrup. These are traditionally small and can be eaten in two bites (or one if you’re greedy!)

Turkish Ice Cream

Turkish ice cream is a little different to normal ice cream, because it has a more creamy taste and feel. Something call salep is added to give it a more creamy texture, and it is found everywhere across the country, known as dondurma.

As you can see, if you have a sweet tooth, Turkey is the place to be!

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