I am in Kusadasi, a lovely Turkish town close to Ephesus, the ancient city. Today I explore a little bit the Turkish desserts, wow, are they sweeeeeeeeet! But at the same time they are delicious! This one here is called Tulumba, what a wonderful name. It is actually very similar to a Koeksister, deep-fried and then soaked with a sugar syrup, just delicious. I even got a recipe
1 soup spoon sugar
100 grams butter
250 grams flour
400 grams water
50 grams potato starch
For the Syrup:
1 kilo sugar
2 soup spoons lemon juice
500 grams water
Prepare the syrup with the ingredients shown above by boiling them for 2 minutes. Put it aside and cool till ice cold.
Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the water, salt and sugar and bring to a boil. Add the flour while beating the mixture vigorously with a wooden spoon. Cook for 10 minutes while continually beating it. Remove from the heat.
When the mixture has cooled, add the eggs one by one, then the starch while mixing constantly. Heat oil in a frying pan. Take a piping bag with a star nozzle. Fill the dough in the piping bag. Squeeze out pieces of dough into the oil, each one being 2 or 3 cm. wide. Move the pan back and forth occasionally while the cakes are cooking. Cook for 5 - 10 minutes until the cakes are golden brown.Put them into the cooled syrup and let stand 15 minutes, then place them on a serving dish. Serve when the tulumba have completely cooled off.
Now I just have to go out and get some more delicious desserts and sweets!!!!!