In which kitchen do sweets and desserts fall

20 Turkish desserts that you will definitely want to try!

The Turkish cuisine turns all ingredients into sweets!

Without exception! Proofs?

Here is my list of 20 classic and extraordinary sweets from Turkey!

20. Kadayif

Fine threads of dough â € “â € œAngelâ € ™ s hair, filled with hazelnuts, walnuts or pistachios with sugar syrup, cloves and cinnamon, depending on the region. After baking in the oven, you soak everything in a good portion of lemon sugar syrup. The result is wonderfully sweet and tastes great with a Turkish ice cream!

19. Künefe

Künefe is the next level of Kadayif. You mix the Kadayif strands and filling together with a special cheese. Yes. Cheese! There are also grated pistachios. In the restaurant, kuefe is served fresh from the oven in a small metal bowl. Before that you eat everything with sugar syrup again. As a bonus there is a scoop of Turkish ice cream in some restaurants! Künefe is one of my favorites, definitely try it out!

18. Dondurma

Dondurma is the Turkish ice cream classic that you are with a knife and fork. The reason for this is an orchid powder, which gives the ice cream its special consistency. The classic place where you can get good Dondurma all over Turkey are the Mado branches. They serve you a plate with three flavors: pistachio, chocolate, plain and a piece of baklava. Also, don't leave out the Turkish ice cream vendors with their traditional costumes and shows! I donâ € ™ t tell the seller any more â € “laughter is guaranteed!

17. Lokum

Lokum - the absolute classic from Turkey! The dessert made from jellied sugar with nuts, invented in Constantinople, is the most famous Turkish sweet. Seafarers brought them all over the world 200 years ago. The three original varieties are red for rose water, yellow for lemon peel and green for bitter oranges. The selection is now immeasurably large: coconut, orange, ginger, strawberry, apricot, cherry ... Another tip: Please do not buy packaged! You will find a Lokum master in every city. Go to them and only buy your portion from the open counter. You can choose the types according to weight.

16. Firin Sutlac

A bowl of rice pudding, topped with a layer of caramel in the oven! The milk taste and the caramel are reminiscent of Creme Brüle from France. The Turkish version is sweeter and one of the absolute classics of the country's cuisine. Hardly any menu can do without the bowls with Sütlac.

15. Salep

Salep is not a dessert, but a typical Turkish drink. You make it from milk and the powder of orchid bulbs. Add a pinch of cinnamon to serve. Especially in Istanbul and on the Aegean coast, the locals like to drink a glass of it in winter.

14. Candidates

If you are invited to a Turkish house, there is likely to be candied fruit! Turks love to candy food! Really! There are all kinds of candied fruit, from strawberries to pomegranates. Candied, sweet tomatoes or aubergines are more unusual. Sounds strange, but you should definitely try it!

13. Kestane Sekeri

Roasted chestnuts pickled in sugar syrup â € œKestane Sekeriâ € are a specialty from Bursa. The chestnut taste mixes with the sugar syrup and creates a taste explosion. The consistency of the chestnuts is also very soft. The first bite feels like the chestnut is melting on your tongue. Kafka's Kestane is considered the best brand in Bursa, and one of their specialties is the â € œKaryokaâ € chocolate cake with Kestane Sekeri.

12. Tulumba

Tulumba is a calorie bomb from Ottoman cuisine. First you deep-fry the sugar-and-butter pastry until golden brown, then soak it in sugar syrup. After that you have to wait until your dough piece has cooled down. Finely grated pistachios, kaymak or a portion of Dondurma go well with it. You eat Tulumba either as street food or dessert in a restaurant.

11. Halka Tatlisi

The original dough ring is a classic street food in Turkey. The dough is similar to Tulumba, instead of sugar syrup you soak it with Serbet. This is a drink from the Ottoman kitchen that you make with up to 40 different spices. The taste of no kringle is therefore much more varied. Halka Tatlisi is original because Kerhane Tatlisi is another name for "Brothel Dessert".

10. Kabak Tatlisi

â € œSweet pumpkinâ € is wider than baklava in Turkey. You glaze a pumpkin with a good portion of sugar. There is a different supplement depending on the part of the country. You eat your pumpkin with hazelnuts and kaymak on the Black Sea coast. On the south coast you eat kabak tahtlisi with sesame paste tahini or pistachios. The result is definitely a taste sensation. Who has ever eaten sweet pumpkin in Germany?

9. Helva â € œTurkish honeyâ €

There is no fair in Germany without â € œTurkish Honeyâ €, also known as â € œTurkish Nougatâ €. Helva is the Turkish name for the sweet and the preparation is also different. Instead of the honey-nut taste, helva with sesame, semolina helva and flour helva is typical.

8. Ayva Tatlisi

Have you ever thought about what comes out of cooking quince? In Turkey, of course, you do that with a good helping of sugar syrup. The syrup makes the red fruit really shiny and makes it buttery soft after cooking. When serving, add a spoonful of Kaymak to the quince and sprinkle with chopped walnuts or pistachios.

7. Sekerpare

Sekerpare knows everyone who has been in a Turkish hotel. The "pieces of sweets" in biscuit form are part of every dessert buffet because they are so easy to make. The juicy Sekerpare made from semolina and sugar syrup taste deliciously sweet and melt on your tongue when you eat. In my opinion they go well with all Turkish dishes as dessert.

6. Hanim Göbegi â € œFrauennabelâ €

The best place to eat Frauennavel is at the Galata Bridge in Istanbul. I always associate them with the sound of the Bosporus ferry engines, plus their cinnamon smell in the nose. The sweets from the Ottoman palace kitchen are one of the most tempting street food in Istanbul for me, and I don't skip the small stall at the Galata Bridge on any suitable occasion.

5. Keskül

A simple pudding cooked with chopped almonds, desiccated coconut, milk and sugar. Sprinkle grated almonds, neck nuts, or pistachios over it. You eat the sweet result with the nutty taste cold or at most at room temperature.

4. Revani

The corn semolina cake from Turkish home cooking is a juicy, sweet companion to every glass of cay! The classic recipe includes grated orange peel, cinnamon, cloves, almonds and sugar syrup as well as corn semolina.

3. Tavuk Gogsu

Probably the strangest dessert in the world comes from Turkey, at least by German standards. The reason? Tavuk means chicken and chicken is part of the pudding. Don't worry, Tavuk Gögsü tastes good! The recipe was created as a surprise for the Ottoman sultans in the Topkapi Palace. Back then, the cooks didn't have a binding agent to make a pudding that wouldn't fall apart. Instead, they cooked the chicken three times for several hours until it lost all of its color and taste. The resulting threads give the pudding its consistency. In Turkey, all Mado branches have Tavok Gögsü on the menu.

2. Noah Asure pudding

Noahs Pudding is a panorama through the nature of Anatolia! According to legend, Noah is said to have made pudding from the last remnants of his supplies after he landed with the ark on Mount Ararat in eastern Anatolia. The dessert combines everything that grows in Turkey: pomegranate seeds, nuts, raisins, figs, oranges, chickpeas, beans, ... For me, Noah Asure pudding is one of the best desserts in the Turkish kitchen! The ideal place to eat it is the Konyali Restaurant in Istanbul, in the Topkapi Palace.

1. Baklava

Baklava is by far the most famous dessert from Turkey, there is no getting around it! The sweet bites, rolled from wafer-thin dough and filled with nuts, are also one of my favorite desserts. In Turkey, you should definitely try baklava according to the flavors of the regions. On the Black Sea coast you make baklava with hazelnuts, in Antalya with walnuts and in Gaziantep with pistachios. My favorite variety comes from Gaziantep, where they are made with pistachios and rose water!

Baklava is not baklava, by the way. There are also their own sub-varieties with names like Fistikli Sarma, Bülbül Yuvasi, Burma, Sütlü Nuriye, Chocolate Baklava and Söbiyet.

If you are looking for suitable recipes for the sweets, here is my list with the 10 best Turkish food bloggers and their recipes.

Do you have any suggestions for other Turkish sweets that should be on the list?

I heard about a dessert with Hamsi â € œAnchovyâ € on the Black Sea coast. I have to investigate ...


Hi, my name is Thomas. It’s good that you’re here! I spend many months in Turkey every year. You can find my collected tips and experiences in the Turkey travel blog. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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