Rose Jam

225 gr. rose leaves (without stalks)
6 1/4 glasses granulated sugar
3 3/4 glasses water
4 lemon salt cubes or 4 tablespoons lemon juice

Put the water and rose leaves into a pan, cover and boil until the rose leaves go almost a white color. Then add the sugar and boil with the lid off until the syrup thickens. Continue reading Rose Jam

Tulumba Tatlısı (Fried pastry with syrup)

2 tablespoons melted margarine
1 glass flour
3 tablespoons water
4 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 glasses olive oil
2 glasses sugar
1 3/4 glasses water
1 teaspoon lemon juice Continue reading Tulumba Tatlısı (Fried pastry with syrup)

Tel Kadayıf with walnuts

750 gr. tel kadayif (pastry made into thin long thread-like strips; available at Turkish stores)
1 1/2 glasses of margarine
2 glasses of walnuts
4 1/2 glasses granulated sugar
3 3/4 glasses water
1 teaspoons lemon juice
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Lokma (Small balls of fried sweet dough)

1 1/3 glasses flour
4/5 glass water
1 tablespoon margarine
30 gr. yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 glass olive oil
1 3/4 glasses granulated sugar
1 1/2 glasses water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
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Ekmek Kadayıfı

1 Ekmek Kadayıfı
6 cups of water
5 cups of sugar
500 gr Cottage Chese
1 tablespoon of rese-water
Almonds and/or walnuts

In a large pot, combine the water, sugar and rose-water and stir the mixture to the boil until it reaches syrup consistency. Seperate the two layers of the Ekmek kadayıfı and pour some of this syrup on each layer enough to soften them. Continue reading Ekmek Kadayıfı

Bülbül Yuvası – Nightingale’s Nest

FILLING: 2 cups (200 gr) walnuts, finely chopped, 1 tablespoon sugar ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
PASTRY: 12 frozen filo pastry (strudel) sheets, 1 cup (200 gr) unsalted butter, melted
SYRUP: 1 ½ cups (270 gr) sugar, 1 ¼ cups (312 ml) water, juice of ½ lemon
GARNISH: ¼ cup (25 gr) ground pistachio nuts or ground walnuts
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Un Helvası (Flour Helva)

2 glasses flour
3 glasses water
2.5 glasses of sugar
1 T. spoon pine nuts
125 gr. Margarine un


Stir the flour and the pine nuts with a wooden spoon until the color of the nuts turns into a light brown at a very low heat.. Slowly pour the water, sugar and melted margarine mixture 25-35 minutes later. Continue reading Un Helvası (Flour Helva)