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Most dishes in Turkey start with a vegetarian base and meat is mostly added as an afterthought. Turkish cuisine mostly relies on strong flavors, and it utilizes variety of spices and sauces in every dish. A dried black pepper is one of the most common of the spices used. The strong flavors are complemented with both rich and bright generally by topping the dish with yogurt ro curd and lemon. With aromatic appetizers and soups to savory main courses, it’s easy to find something authentic and delicious in Turkey. And don’t forget to take the opportunity to try one of the many tasty Turkish sweets for dessert. Simit, a ring-shaped bread covered with sesame seeds, Zeytinyagli Dolma a grape leaves stuffed with rice that has been seasoned with olive oil and herbs. Freshly Squeezed Pomegranate Juice are another thirst reliefer. Lokum and Helva are others. It won't be wrong to say that it is one of the best eating vacation one can have.

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    Posted by backpackercarl at 01/27/15 21:44:31

    1. Acıbadem kurabiyesi

    Literally meaning “bitter almond biscuit”, these cookies are a traditional dessert staple found at most bakeries in Turkey. They are chewy and slightly sweet, and are best served with coffee.

    2. Zerde

    Zerde is a sweet rice pudding that is traditionally served at festivities like weddings, birth celebrations, and religious celebrations.

    3. Kunefe

    This sweet cheese pastry can also be eaten for a breakfast or dinner, but it is most popular as a dessert. Kunefe is filled with soft cheese and in the last few minutes of cooking, syrup infused with orange blossom is poured over the top. Garnished with chopped pistachio nuts, this sweet dessert is unique and especially satisfying. It often contains orange food coloring to enhance the syrup’s color.

    4. Lokma

    This is the closest thing you’ll find to an American doughnut in Turkey. These are similar to traditional biscuits but they are then fried, hence the comparison to doughnuts. They are flavored with honey, sugar syrup, or cinnamon and are sometimes sprinkled with sesame seeds.

    5. Baklava

    This popular dessert can be found in many countries in Asia and the Mediterranean. Layers of phyllo dough and chopped nuts are sweetened with syrup or honey, then cut into individual servings. This treat is a delicious end to any Turkish meal.

    6. Ekmek kadayıfı

    A version of bread pudding that is served with kaymak, a type of sweetened cream; this dessert provides a thick and sweet finish after a traditional Turkish dinner.

    7. Sütlü Nuriye

    Similar to baklava, this Turkish dessert was born from the supply shortages in the 1980’s. A baklava producer used milk and added hazelnuts instead of pistachios to make a whole new dessert. It is much more perishable than standard baklava but is especially delicious on a summer evening.

    8. Revani

    Known by many names in various countries, this sweet cake made from semolina and soaked in syrup is a favorite among Turkish cuisine lovers. Orange flower water is often added. Chopped pistachios top this dessert for a rich finish.

    9. Pestil

    This is a unique and delicious dessert that is fun to eat and fun to make! Dried fruits and walnuts are laced on a string and dipped in thick, unsweetened grape must (the squished grape juice that still includes skins and pulp). These strings are then left to dry in the sun. They often look like candles or a sausage due to the grape must’s opaque finish.

    10. Halva

    Halva is a generic term for a few different types of dense, rich desserts; “halva” literally means “sweet”. There is a flour-based version that is more gelatinous, whereas the nut, butter, and sugar-based version crumbles more easily. Regardless of what kind of halva you find, the sweetness and nutty texture of this dessert will hit your palate just right after a Turkish meal.

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