Recipe: Turkish Sari Burma Dessert

This tasty, and very sweet, Turkish dessert is reminiscent of Greek baklava. Decadent and delicious. Many a sweet-tooth has heard of Turkish Delights, but discovering Turkish food is one tasty adventure that can truly only be done by travelling to Turkey, but just to whet your appetite, try this at home!


  • 5 cups of flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons of oil (for dough)
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 cup of crushed walnuts or hazelnuts
  • 375 gr of margarine 5 cups of sugar, 1/4 of a lemon
  • 2 cups of starch


  1. Boil 5 cups of sugar with 5 cups of water in a pot stirring until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil and add in the lemon peel of 1/4 of a lemon and cook until the sauce thickens (once it is difficult to drip from a spoon) and remove from heat
  2. Put sieved flour in a pot leaving a space in the middle add in eggs oil lemon juice, salt and baking powder and slowly pour in a cup of water. Knead until the dough is slightly tough and then divide into 14-16 pieces cover and let sit.
  3. Dredge each dough pieces in starch one at a time, and roll out until they are as thin as possible. Sprinkle crushed walnuts over them roll the dough from one edge and then the other. Gather rolled dough at the centre. Remove the rollers and set it into a 30-35 cm diameter tray
  4. Pour melted margarine over the dough by the spoonful. Cook in an oven on a low / medium heat until they turn pink and get crusty
  5. Remove from the oven and pour cold syrup over them by the spoonful
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Moira Smith
Moira Smith

General Manager of Africa & Middle East — South African-born Moira has lived in San Francisco and Toronto, but her travel map includes over 50 countries. Her heart still swings toward all things African, particularly Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park, the Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania, and Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Her most treasured attributes are a great sense of adventure and a lousy sense of direction, which have combined to lead her to some wonderful travel memories and local people.

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