Seeing how I have been living in Turkey for over three years now, I figured it was time I tested my baking capacities with a Turkish recipe. Once again my baking was left for the evening, but this time I bought the ingredients beforehand. For example, I have never used semolina (a “coarsely ground grain made from wheat“) before, so I made sure to buy some.
When deciding on which pastry to try out yesterday, as Turkey has a plethora to choose from, I landed on şekerpare. This is my favorite Turkish pastry at the moment! It’s covered in syrup, so it’s definitely high in sugar; I advise you not to bake this if you prefer mildly sweet desserts. Also, although I’m years behind from being an expert in baking, I do have to point out that this pastry is not for complete novices, unless you’ll be guided.
Finding a recipe turned out to be quite difficult, as some had major differences between each other, so I had no clue which one was more suitable or accurate. Nevertheless, due to the simplicity, I tested this recipe from Give Recipe out. Besides, they look great in her photos, don’t you think?
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 125 gr. butter
- 1/2 cup semolina
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup yogurt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Coconut sprinkles/hazelnuts/almonds/crumbled pistachio
The syrup only requires 3 ingredients – sugar, water, and lemon juice. It’s the first thing you need to prepare, as it will have to cool down. Simply mix the sugar with the water until it’s boiling and then add in the lemon juice and stir for another 5 minutes.
- Mix the sugar with the egg and a pinch of salt. You can use a whisk for this step, like I did.
- Add in the butter and mix; here I switched to a mixer.
- Finish off by adding the flour, yogurt, baking powder, and semolina. The outcome is dough, so you’ll need to knead it until it’s no longer sticky and it’s unified. Due to this, I switched the mixer beaters to spiral dough hooks, as they help with the kneading. (I had to Google these names, I had no idea what they were called :D)