Bread, pastries & desserts

Börek with spiced beef and pistachios - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Börek with spiced beef and pistachios

Crispy pastry, beef and lots of aromatic spices. What’s not to like? It’s hard to know where to start with börek. Shapes, textures and fillings can all be varied according…

No knead sesame bread - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

No knead sesame bread

The bread that goes as well with the weekend breakfast or brunch as it does with dinner. I’ve been making this bread a lot recently. It’s based on the same…

Wholesome no knead bread - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Wholesome no knead bread

Once you start baking your own bread, there’s no turning back. Contrary to what many think, baking bread is not at all difficult. It doesn’t even have to take up…

Winter fruit salad with oranges, clementines, pomegranate and spiced syrup - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Winter fruit salad with spiced syrup

The odd snowflake aside, there isn’t much about Istanbul that suggests Christmas. Sure, there is the odd street Christmas decoration disguised as New Year’s decoration, but after a tough year…

Tahini cookies - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul

Tahini cookies

First world problems: When your favourite tahini suddenly disappears. Turkey is surely one of the best countries in the world for cooking. The freshness and flavour of ingredients and the…