4 Must Try Items From a Turkish Bakery

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If you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit Turkey, a country that straddles both Europe and Asia, you are in for a serious treat. As well as being able to visit sites of historical importance, chatting to the friendly locals, and sunning yourself on the country's beaches, you'll also have the opportunity to chow down on tonnes of delicious Turkish food. While it can be awesome to eat at high end restaurants, you absolutely shouldn't discount the hole in the wall bakeries that can be found all over the country.

Stock up on these delicious baked goodies from Turkey and you will have no regrets.

Baklava. If there is one Turkish sweet treat that you might have already tried, it's probably baklava. But trying it in Turkey is a whole different story. Thin layers of crispy filo pastry are layered on top of each other, sandwiched with chopped up pistachio nuts, and soaked in a sweet syrup. The result is something that is somehow crunchy, crispy, and chewy all at the same time. You will also find variations on traditional baklava in Turkey, such as a delicious version with soured cherries.

Kunefe. Kunefe is king of all the pastries in Turkey. This is a cheese pastry, but don't be fooled into thinking that this is a savoury delicacy, because it is actually sweet. A fresh, unsalted melting cheese called hatay, which is native to Turkey, is coated in syrup soaked layers of filo pastry, and the whole thing is then deep fried. This is best eaten when it is piping hot, straight out of the fryer.

Revani. If what you are really craving is a slice of cake, you absolutely have to ask for revani in a Turkish bakery. This is a dense sponge cake that has a grainier texture than most Western cakes because it is made with semolina flour. It can be sweetened with anything from orange flavoured syrup to honey, and sometimes yoghurt is put into the batter mix as well.

Borek. If you don't have so much of a sweet tooth, there is still plenty for you to try at any bakery in Turkey, and the classic Borek pastry should be at the top of your list. Again, this is a pastry made from layered filo pastry, and between the layers you will typically find ingredients such as spinach, onion, cheeses, ground meats, and ground nuts. Stock up on these for an unforgettable picnic lunch.

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