The Sweet Taste of Katmer

Istanbul Restaurants | Jun 01 | 2014 | No Comment

When we ask our guests to name their favourite foods from their walks with us, one food pops up again and again… and again…. and again!  But it’s no wonder!

What is deliciously flaky…

… indescribably indulgent…

… and quintessentially Turkish?

Why – it’s katmer, of course!

Katmer is an ancient flaky pastry of Anatolia, traditionally eaten during breakfast; but rather appropriate with a cup of cay all day long, we think.

According to some sources, the history of katmer may date back to the 11th century. However, the earliest written reference to katmer comes from the late 14th century, during the Ottoman rule.

Katmer is essentially a flaky pastry, prepared much the same way as flatbread (yufka) or baklava. However, what makes katmer different (and especially indulgent and delicious!) are the generous amounts of butter and oil used in the preparation of the pastry.

Katmer can be served either plain or filled, and sweet or savoury. As with many traditional Turkish foods, each region of the country tends to serve their own variations. For example, in Afyon in central Turkey, it is generally filled with poppy seed paste; but in Konya, only a few hundred kilometers away, it is more often filled with tahini (sesame seed paste) and served as a sweet topped wit pekmez (fruit molasses) or icing sugar.

Probably the best-loved version of katmer hails from the south-eastern Anatolian town of Gaziantep. Most famous for it’s baklava, Gaziantep also produces some of the tastiest katmer in Turkey. Gaziantep-style katmer is a sweet pastry, filled with both clotted cream and pistachios. It is this famous Gaziantep-style katmer, authentically cooked using traditional methods, that our guests eagerly devour on our culinary walks.

What better way to experience the true tastes of Turkey, than pondering the daily goings-on around you in the backstreets of Istanbul, with a plate of centuries-old dessert in your hands, while sipping on a glass of sweet Turkish tea?

Delicious Gaziantep-style katmer

Our favourite places to indulge in katmer:

Develi Eminonu                             Serger Gaziantep Bakery

Hasircilar Cad. No:89                                 Moda Cad. No:100/A

Eminonu/Istanbul                                       Kadikoy/Istanbul

Canak Kebab & Katmer

19 Mayis Mah. Inonu Cad. No:94


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