Desserts you must try when in Turkey (Part I)

In Turkey dessert is seen as a meal to share, and is an opportunity to be social. And alongside it, drink your choice of hot, strong Turkish tea or coffee.


baklava-1759329_960_720Baklava is a delicious dessert that is suitable to have morning, noon, or night. It comes in different forms and flavours. It can be made with walnuts or pistachios.

Kaymakli Kayisi

Dried apricots are first cooked in sugar syrup until they are soft. The apricots are then stuffed with ‘kaymal’ made from buffalo milk – it is a type of clotted cream. The apricots are then rolled in ground up pistachios. Apricots are very popular in Turkey. In fact, many Turkish towns hold apricot festivals every year.

Salep Dondurma

Salep Dondurma is a stretchy ice cream unique to Turkey. You will find it peddled on the streets in cars as well as in ice cream parlours. It is thickened with salep, which is a powder that is made from wild orchid tubers. This is what gives the ice cream its elasticity, and allows it to droop without melting and dripping.


There is disagreement between the Turks and the Greeks as to who can ‘claim’ this dessert as their own. It is named after a famous Turkish poet and is a dense sponge cake. It is made with semolina flour and is steeped in sugar syrup upon serving.


Also known as ‘Noah’s pudding’, this dessert is light and fruity. It is thought to be the oldest dessert in the world. It is made with fruits and nuts, though the exact fruits and nuts will vary depending on who makes it.


A dessert made of chicken? As strange as it may sound, this dessert is in fact made with chicken, though there is no trace of the chicken taste. Chicken is used for the texture it creates. Tavukgogsu actually tastes more like a rice pudding.