Apricots with clotted cream

Kayisi Tatlisi
Sebnem Akcapar
Dr. Sebnem Koser Akcapar

We’ve just got a new recipe for apricots with clotted cream (kayisi tatlisi) from Dr. Sebnem Koser Akcapar, wife of Burak Akcapar, the ambassador of Turkey to India, for Eid-ul-Fitr that’s coming up on July 28, 2104, to mark the end of the Ramadan.

Dr Akcapar is a social anthropologist and community worker. She shares some insight about how Eid-ul-fitr is celebrated in Turkey and the special food that is associated with the festival: “Eid-ul-fitr is called Şeker Bayramı (literally translated as sweet holiday) in Turkish for a good reason. After a full month of fasting, it is time for feasting and we like to cook a lot of sweet dishes to consume with extended family members, friends and neighbors. Usually small children go from door to door that day to collect candy or pieces of baklava that day. The most favourite dishes are baklava and güllaç (starch wafers soaked with warm milk and topped with nuts). However, these are very difficult to make at home. Here is a very easy and light Turkish dessert instead for a special occasion. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.”

Kayisi Tatlisi
Turkish Eid dessert Kayisi Tatlisi

Here’s her recipe for KAYISI TATLISI:

  • 250 grams large dried apricots
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 250 grams clotted cream or whipped cream
  • To decorate: whole or ground pistachio nuts

Soak the dried apricots in plenty of cold water overnight. Boil up the water and sugar to a syrup. Drain the apricots, place in the syrup and cook for at most 15 minutes. Set aside to cool. Split open the apricots, stuff with cream and close. Arrange on a service dish with the cream upwards in neat rows. Sprinkle whole or ground pistachio nuts over and serve.

Sweet moments ahead!