Saturday, 14 May 2011

Pastries and Sweets

Pastane Shops are all through Turkey with as you know all regions having different specialities.  This is a typical view of a local neighbourhood Pastry shop.  They usually have mainly savory pastries as well as selling cakes and biscuits(cookies) This will be the first of a few posts about Pastanes and Tatlici as I want to show you all the various things they sell.

Wonder who that is?

The next thing I want to introduce are sweet or desert shops.  These are everywhere as well but mainly in the eastern areas(I think they like sweeter things). You pay for your desert and just eat it in front of the shop/stall, a real street food.  Some sell just the basics but others go for a few different things like this one in the main area in Antep.

Don't they look great.
The next photo is of a little shop just a few streets away from my home and he still has pretty good stuff but less variety.

What is your favourite Turkish pastry or desert?


  1. I would like to try salep(?) the icecream with the gum in it that goes stretchy and is sold by the metre.

  2. Dondurma is made with salep which is a powder made from orchid roots. İt is a delicous hot drink and also fantastic as an icecream - look up for my coming post about turkish icecream. Every weekend I take the babies down to the local ice cream shop and we sit outside and have dondurma. Sadly cant send you any as they say they dont let any out of the country as they only have enough of the orchid powder for all the icecream loving Turks.

  3. I'd have to say the baklava and kunefe are my favorite desserts so far here! There is a warm semolina "cake" dessert with ice cream in the middle that's also tasty. Do you know what this is called?

  4. I think you are referring to Revani and I will be posting this recipe very soon. That is kaymak(turkish cream)in the middle.