Turkish Pide | Flatbread

Pide is a flatbread traditionally baked in clay or stone oven. Every region has a unique variety of the flatbread. A crisp, dense version of pide, called Radaman Pide, is available during the the time of religious fasting. A boat shaped pide, simply called pide, is served with various toppings and frequently referred to as Turkish Pizza. Toppings can include cheese, vegetables or meat.

The exact origins of Turkish Pizza are disputed. Some believe the dish is related to an Ottoman flatbread called tokalak. Others argue that it was invented during the Turkish War of Independence (1919 – 1923) as a way utilize discarded or leftover ingredients. In either case, nearly all agree that pide likely originated Samsun, Turkey. Traditional Samsun pide is called kıymalı. Kıymalı is filled with a mixture of lamb, onion and spices, enclosed in dough and then baked.


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Turkish Baklava

Baklava is a pastry made from fine layers of dough, chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey. Although the history of baklava is not well-documented, it is believed to have originated in the Anatolian Region of Turkey.

Bread | Ekmek

Bread, as we know it, would not exist without flour. Genetic evidence indicates that all modern wheat originated from Turkey’s Mount Karadağ region where it was domesticated around 12,000 years ago.


Borek | Börek

Borek is a family of baked and filled pastries with Anatolian origins. Borek is made by layering phyllo or yulfka with fillings of meat, cheese, spinach, or potato.


Cookies | Kurabiye

There are countless varieties of kurabiye available including sweet and savory options. Cookies are believed to have originated in Persia where a drop of batter was used to determine oven temperature.

Turkish Bagel | Simit

Simit is ring-shaped sweet bread topped with sesame seeds. It is made by dipping a ring of dough into pekmez (grape molasses) and sprinkling generously with sesame seeds before baking.


Donuts | Tulumba

Tulumba a popular dessert made from dough that is piped through an icing bag and then deep-fried, While hot, the fried dough is covered with a sweet syrup.



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