Are you a fan of sweet, syrupy Mediterranean desserts like baklava? Here is another sweet to add to your list. It’s a popular Turkish dessert called ‘ekmek kadayıfı’ (eck-MECK’ kah-dah-YUF’-uh).
The best way to describe this Turkish classic is something like a mix between baklava and bread pudding. It’s actually a very simple dessert made from layers of rusk-like break saturated in syrup and topped with ‘kaymak,’ or Turkish clotted cream.
‘Ekmek kadayıfı’ shouldn’t be confused with ‘tel kadayıfı,’ or shredded dough, another popular dessert ingredient.
Like its syrupy cousins ‘şekerpare’ and ‘künefe,’ ‘ekmek kadayıfı’ can be found nearly everywhere in Turkey from the best restaurants to workplace cafeterias. It’s also a popular dish to make at home because you can buy ready-made ‘ekmek kadayıfı’ in most markets. It comes in different sizes ready to be soaked in syrup and garnished with cream and nuts.
The best place to enjoy authentic ‘ekmek kadayıfı’ dessert is in a good Turkish restaurant. If you want to make it at home, you can sometimes find the ingredients in Middle Eastern markets or o...