NUSADAILY.COM-JAKARTA – Turkey keeps traditions and special desserts at celebrations of Islamic holidays, including Eid al-Adha. These desserts are not made of meat.
Reporting from the Daily Sabah via Kompas.com, Saturday, August 1, 2020 every house in Turkey usually provides a sweet treat for guests’ desserts. This tradition has been going on for hundreds of years.
Turkish Bread Pudding
Bread has become a staple food on Turkish tables. Bread is not only suitable for breakfast or combined with homemade soup.
Bread can also be a dessert or dessert. One of them is the Turkish bread pudding or in Turkish called Ekmek Kadayifi (read: eck-meck ‘kah-dah-yuf’-eh). Usually the pudding is served with “kaymak,” a type of cream.
The food can be found everywhere, from the best restaurants in town to cake shops and cafes.
The cities of Ayfon and Hatay are home to Turkey’s most famous and delicious bread pudding.
To make it easier for people to prepare Turkish bread pudding, supermarkets usually sell dry bread specially packaged for this dessert.
The steps to prepare this bread pudding are quite easy. First, soak the dry bread in hot water and pour the syrup over it.
Lokma and Sweet Turkish Churros
Turkish sweet churros are fried doughs commonly sold on the streets. This food becomes a crispy dessert. In Turkish this food is called “halka tatlisi”.
The way to eat it is by dipping it in a very sweet syrup. That’s why you might need a cup of water after the first bite.
There is another sweet dessert, namely lokma. It’s a sweet fried dough ball. In Turkish lokma means bite. The piece is about the size of a bite. Lokma is made from flour, yeast, salt, and oil.
How to make it with fried and soaked with sweet syrup. Lokma is a favorite dessert in Turkey because it has adorned the tables of the sultans for years.
There is a Turkish proverb that says “lokma döktürmek,” which means cooking and presenting lokma to family members and others when wishes come true or commemorate the birth of a baby.
That tradition is still observed in several Anatolian villages. Meanwhile Turkish sweet Churros and lokma are very popular in the provinces of Mardin and Diyarbakir.
This dessert comes from Gaziantep, a city in southeastern Turkey. Katmer is a sweet cake filled with cream and pistachios.
Gaziantep’s Katmer style is the most famous, while other cities have their own variations. Some fill it with sesame seed paste or serve it with “pekmez” (fruit molasses).
There are also desserts in the form of candied Turkish pumpkin. Compared to other desserts, this is the healthiest and without extra calories. To make it not difficult. First, take a fresh pumpkin then cut into pieces.
Second, sprinkle with sugar, then wait at least one night for the sugar to release water in the pumpkin so it becomes syrup.
Third, bake the pumpkin slices and when ready, sprinkle with walnuts, cream, or ice cream on top.
Eid celebrations or Eid al-Adha are incomplete without baklava, the all-time favorite dessert dish among Turks.
Not only in Turkey, it is also a favorite in Middle Eastern and Balkan countries. This food is typical of Ottoman cuisine.
Unfortunately not easy to make it. Baklava is a dessert made from layers of phylum pastry, filled with semolina cream and Antep pistachios.
The food can be served with coffee, a refreshing cup of sherbet or ayran. Baklava can not only be filled with pistachios, but hazelnuts, walnuts and chocolate. (yos)