Who can resist the smell of fresh baked goods when passing by a bakery, especially if it’s a Turkish bakery? I can’t! So, I’ve prepared a great blog post with Turkish words for pastries for all pastry lovers out there!
If you are visiting Turkey, you may have realized there’s a bakery (fırın) on almost every corner. That’s because Turkish people love eating pastries every single day. Some of them even refuse to eat breakfast without bread or simit (Turkish bagel). Though it’s very popular worldwide, Turkish cuisine offers more than döner kebab!
So come, let’s learn about Turkish pastries as well as their names in the Turkish language in this blog post!
Best-Loved Pastries From Turkish Bakeries
There are a lot of different Turkish pastries available in bakeries, but local people have some favorites. Here are the all-time favorites from a local person’s point of view.
Did you know that Turkey is the country that consumes the most bread? Turkish people eat a whopping 199.6 kilograms of bread per year! Bread is the be-all and end-all of traditional breakfasts. As this is the case, it’s no surprise there are many different types of bread in a typical Turkish fırın (bakery), including whole grain bread, sour-dough bread, bazlama, ramazan pidesi, etc.
The simit, a staple of Turkish cuisine, has been made in the country for countless years. It’s also known as a Turkish bagel. Documents and historical allusions about the simit date back to before 1435, the year of Constantinople’s Ottoman takeover.
The simit has gradually changed over time to become a crunchy pastry coated in sesame seeds that goes great with Turkish cheeses and a cup of tea (çay). Other varieties, meanwhile, use sunflower or poppy seeds in place of the more common sesame seeds.
3. Dereotlu Poğaça
The Turkish name for dill is dereotu, and this pastry is loaded with this distinct herb. I’m fond of dill –its fresh scent and aroma, mhmm…thanks to this delicious pastry! Sesame seeds are sprinkled on top of a rich, flavorful bread that is packed with salty white cheese. Like most baked products, this is best eaten fresh out of the oven.
Boyoz originated with Sephardic Jews, who were banished from Spain in 1492 and given sanctuary in Smyrna, or present-day Izmir. Boyoz is solely found in Izmir. It can be eaten on its own or stuffed with cheese, chocolate, or potato, and its layers of flaky, buttery goodness resemble those of a French croissant.
Even though eating just one mouthful leaves your hands and face in a crumbly mess, the experience is worthwhile. These have to be consumed when still warm; to blend in with the natives, tuck them into a boiled egg, tomato, or piece of cheese.
Pide is known as Turkish pizza around the world. It’s a boat-shaped flatbread that’s often topped with various ingredients, such as minced meat, cheese, and vegetables. It’s somewhat similar to pizza in shape but has a very different flavor.
6. Tahinli Pide
This sweet pastry is similar to a plain pide, but sesame takes center stage in a circular shape. The dough is filled with sweetened tahini paste before being baked, and the exterior is soft, not very crispy. It’s known as Bursa’s Tahinli, as it originated from the city of Bursa.
I couldn’t skip mentioning the sultan of all Turkish desserts: baklava. Fine layers of pastry dough, frequently filled with nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey, make up this dish. It’s usually made by putting 10 layers on top of each other by hand after the dough has been thinned to a fine micro-degree. A generous amount of pistachio is used as filling between the layers, but walnut is also common.
Turkish Words For Pastries
Let’s learn Turkish words for pastries, starting with where the magic happens. The Turkish word for bakery is fırın. When you enter a fırın in Istanbul, you’ll need to know what you want to eat to make a quick order in the crowded queue. Learning these words will make the ordering process much easier:
Tourists often dream about eating döner kebab and baklava during their travel, but there are many options if you visit a bakery to get a fresh pastry when you’re in Turkey! You can even have a quick local-like breakfast with fresh simit and a glass of hot çay (tea).