Tuesday, January 31, 2012

More Turkish sweets

                                 Sweet pastries with chocolate and pistachio nuts
Turkish sweets is very, very sweet, even for those of us that like an occasional cake or piece of chocolate. Here are a few photos of some sweets from Istanbul.
Baklavas - hardly a choice for low carb' dieters
Baklava - the ultimately sweet pastry
These photos were taken by my good friend and Enjoy Food & Travel co-writer Susanne Koch by a few sweets shop in Sultanahmet area in Istanbul. Susanne even bought some Turkish delights to bring home.

Baklavas are among the best known pastries in in the Turkish cuisine. Thin filo-dough, almonds, butter and honey melt into an intensely sweet pastry experience.

I have had baklavas once or twice since then and I prefer one small piece preferably with one cup strong, unsweetened coffee or as a company to vanilla ice cream. 
Churchkela are found throughout the whole region
Churckhelas are traditional sausage-shaped candies originating from Caucasus.

Churchkela is popular throughout the whole regions and are found in countries as Georgia, Russia, Cyprus, Kurdistan, Greece and Turkey.

The Turks call them pestil cevizli sucuk, literally walnut sujuk because of its sausage shape.

These are made up by must jelly, nuts and have been rolled in what I believe is sugar, making them look like uncut Turkish Delights. Must jelley is made from unfermented grape juice with a high content of sugar. 
Candied pistachios
What a massive bloc of candied pistachios! It just waits to be carved up and brought home in rustic bites.

The Turks really love nuts! Walnuts, almonds, almonds, honey, sugar are vital parts of many traditional candies for sale throughout Turkish cities.

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