Try This Crispy, Creamy Turkish Dessert Flavored With Black Pepper

'Laz boregi' comes from the Black Sea region of Turkey

By Elizabeth Taviloglu
Published: Mar 31, 2014 05:51 PM GMT / 
Updated: Apr 01, 2014 06:45 AM GMT

If you love the sweet crispiness of baklava and the creaminess of homemade vanilla pudding, then you’ll love this recipe for Turkish ‘Laz boregi’ (LAHZ’ bur-EY’-ee). It’s the best of both desserts combined into one.

‘Laz boregi’ is a regional favorite from the northern part of Turkey that border the Black Sea coast. Here the cuisine is very different than the spicy kebabs Turkey is best known for.

It’s made with layers of fresh homemade ‘yufka’ dough that’s rolled out paper thin with a dowel. The layers are brushed with melted butter and the center is filled with vanilla custard.

What’s more, this dish has a surprise ingredient. Black pepper. Authentic versions of the recipe feature generous amounts of ground black pepper in the filling, giving it a spicy kick.

I like to make this dessert for guests or when I have some extra time. Rolling out the dough layers can be time consuming. But the result is well worth it. ‘Laz boregi’ is buttery, crispy and tender all at the same time. It looks beautiful on the plate and goes very well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Try this recipe for authentic Turkish ‘Laz boregi’ the next time you want something different for dessert.

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