Turkey holds an eventful history since ancient times. But apart from this, it has also been rich in showcasing the wide range of cuisines it has to offer to mankind from various cultural exchanges and heritages.
From puddings, pastry to deep-fried milk desserts and sweet/crunchy snacks, here are the few Turkish desserts which will tickle your tongue.
Avya tatlısı or quince dessert is a dessert made from quince; a fruit similar to pear. The quince is poached in water along with cloves, sugar and topped with raisins/walnuts and kaymak, a type of thick cream.
Kabak tatlısı is a pumpkin-based dessert and follows a similar method to that of quince dessert. Here the pumpkin is peeled, cooked, bruleed with sugar and topped with walnuts and kaymak.
Künefe or Kanafeh is a cheese-based dessert made with vermicelli noodle, filled with cheese, soaked in rose flavored sugar syrup and topped with nuts and cream.
Höşmerim or peynir helva or cheese halva is a popular Turkish dessert often consumed after a meal. It is made from semolina, cheese, sugar, milk and topped with almonds, honey or ice-cream.
Halva is a dense and crumbly confection made from sesame paste or other nut butters, sugar and pistachios.
Tavuk göğsü is a famous Turkish pudding made from milk, sugar, rice flour and chicken breast. The chicken is boiled, shredded and pounded into powder and is used as a thickener in the pudding.
Baklava is a layered phyllo pastry filled with chopped nuts and bound well together by sugar syrup or honey.
Şekerpare (sheh-ker-pah-reh) is a famous Turkish dessert, an almond-based pastry, dunked in lemon-flavored sugar syrup and topped with pistachios.
Turkish delight or lokum is a gel/starch-based, small, cubed confection made from a variety of nuts and flavors.