Sunday, March 17, 2013

Turkish desserts

I first attempted to order the famous Turkish dessert baklava at one of our dining stops in Kayseri, Turkey but made the mistake of calling it a balaclava which is a ski mask used for robberies and scary movies. My travelling companions had a good laugh and I wonder how I even got that mixed up! 

Baklava is a Turkish dessert made from filo sheets glazed over with butter with nuts like pistachios sprinkled between the layers and on top and for a final touch, it is sweetened with syrup or honey. 

Countries like Greece, Iran and Syria have their own versions of the baklava and with its high sugar calorie content, it is best for me to go easy on the baklava. Tried to as much as I can but a sweet always beckons after a meal. There's a saying - a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips. There are many shops in Sultanahmet selling baklava as well as Turkish delights which go by the local name lokum.  

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