Another super sweet, syrupy dessert from Turkey
If you've ever travelled in Turkey, you know firsthand there are very interesting and exotic desserts everywhere you look. Baklava filled with pistachios, semolina cookies steeped in syrup, 'chicken breast' pudding and 'kazadibi' are all beloved desserts in Turkish cuisine.
But there is one dessert favorite that stands out about all the rest. Its name is 'ekmek kadayıf' (eck-MECK' kah-dah-YUF'-uh). In Turkish, 'ekmek' means 'bread.' That's exactly what it is. A thick layer of firm, porous bread drenched in a lemony syrup and topped with loads of ground pistachios and Turkish clotted cream, called 'kaymak.'
It's amazing what a few humble ingredients like bread and sugar can do. And you don't have to make your own bread for this dessert. Dry bread especially made for 'ekmek kadayıfı' are sold in markets all over the country. All you have to do is prepare the syrup, then let it soak!
You can find prepacked 'ekmek kadayıfı' in Middle Eastern grocers and on websites sellling Turkish ingredients. If you can't get it, go to your local bakery and find an oversized loaf of bread that's porous inside and sturdy enough to hold a lot of syrup without falling apart. Then all you have to do is cut off the crust, make thick slices and soak away.
If you want to try your hand at making this classic Turkish dessert at home, try this recipe for 'ekmek kadayıfı' and be ready for a sweet, juicy treat.
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