Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Coming Up Roses

I think that most of you have been to a progressive dinner. It's a lot of fun, isn't it? You get together with a group of friends, and instead of going to one house or restaurant, you...

Well, have you ever taken part in, or visited, a Blog Carnival? Just in case you aren't lucky enough to get to a food fair or Carnival this Spring, NOW you can enjoy the desserts found here with the delicious recipes from different points in world. You can see how different it is:) It's also my first-time experience by the way:)

That's what the Dessert Carnival is all about... Yes, I am in there with three recipes below. As the Turkish cuisine is very rich and one of the three-dominant cuisines over the world, the onliest problem for me is to make a selection among tons of delicious desserts for the Carnival, sigh hard job;)

Following all of them are to serve our family and/or guests for a healthy snack or a fabulous mouth watering desserts! I like making them, as each one is enough light, very easy to prepare -by someone busy like me-, generally not expensive, a great presentation and joy for my guests who come to the home. I cannot think a spring/summer without an exotic drink, so here you'll find my favorite drink as well:) And what a lovely way for tea-time, and even to finish a meal:)



200 gr unsalted butter
200 gr icing powder sugar
2 egg yolks
100 gr sliced almond
3/4 cup marmalade
3/4 cup pudding

On Top:

Chocolate sauce

Dough ingredients:
7 gr instant yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 3/4 cup warm milk
4 cup flour
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil

Dough preparation:

In a small bowl, mix the yeast, sugar and 1/4 cup warm milk. Stir well so the yeast dissolves. Let it rest 15 minutes.

In a large bowl, sift the flour and salt. Add in the bubbly yeast mixture and 1 1/2 cup warm milk. Mix and place the dough on the lightly floured counter. Knead well for about 10 minutes until it becomes smooth. Spread 1 tsp of olive oil inside a clean bowl. Place the dough in it, and spread another tsp of olive oil with hands all over the dough. Cover it with a clean, damp towel. Put aside for about 1 to 1 1/2 hrs at room temperature until the dough rises to double its size.

Now place the dough on the lightly floured counter. Press all over with hands to get rid of any air bubbles.

Dessert Preparation:

In a large bowl, place the dough. Add butter and icing sugar. Mix them all, knead well until it becomes smooth. Cover it with a clean towel, and let it rest for 30 minutes.

Tear off the dough into small pieces with your hand. Let it be larger than (for example) a walnut. Spread strawberry (or orange goes perfect in winter) marmalade or pudding on the half of the dough. Then cover the other half on that half, giving a ball shape to each with your fingers.

Brush each ball shaped piece firstly with egg yolk for glazing, then sprinkle sliced almonds on the top of each ball.

Preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F) and bake for about 15-20 minutes. Let it cool down. Then serve it. Highly adviced to decorate it with chocolate sauce as seen in the photo above.

You can have this very tasty dessert with a cold drink:)



1 cup milk
2 tsp yoghurt
1 tsp rosewater
2 tsp honey
1/2 cup mango water


Blend all the material with a food processor. Serve with ice if desired. Do not forget to place some lemon on side of your glass as seen above.



600 gr chestnut, or 1 can of chestnut, each 439 gr (15.5 oz)
3 cup sugar
2 1/2 cup icing powder sugar
2 tbsp cacao
2 egg yolk
Some liqueur
1 1/2 cup cream
1/3 cup brandy
1/4 water


Cut an X into one side of the chestnuts, then boil them for 40 minutes. Peel them off. Blend with a food processor until it becomes a purée. Keep aside 1 tbsp cacao for decorating on top. Then mix well rest 1 tbsp cacao, icing powder sugar, brandy and cream all in a larger bowl.

Mix the egg yolks and sugar, when it becomes bubbleing. Add the liqueur and water, and start mixing them all together. Turn the heat down to medium, preferably low. Stir constantly.

When the sauce becomes thickening, dip the bowl in a bigger saucepot filled cold water and ice. During this period, continue to mixing it from time to time.

Fill up the cream bag with purée, preferably take a star-shape bag. Share equally into four individual long (glass) cups as I do, see photo above. Pour the sauce over them one-by-one. Serve with thick double cream topping, as desired. Finally sprinkle some cacao on top.

Note: It's my favorite dessert during chestnut time, and this photo coming from that time, in february. However it's possible to make this delicious cup in any moment you wish, with a can of chestnut.

I can confirm that most of us are sweet tooths! Or, perhaps Carnival just brings out the indulgent side in everyone;)

It's for sure that no other Carnival give us as much opportunity to meet other people and much more fun:) Now go visiting on other participants about what a great job they all have done!

Joining the Carnival at the House in the Roses...


  1. merhaba nihal

    my goodness, this cat is certainly tempted

    what a recipe!

  2. Nihal, every one looks divine. You are quite talented in many ways.

    I just wish I could reach into my monitor and pick one to take to work with me. I would love a tasty treat later in my day.

  3. I love all the desserts but I am particularly intriqued by the Rose Touch since I love using rose water. That would be fabuluous w/ some fresh strawberries!

  4. @ Azer: To a survey that I read recently states that 'Women like desserts. Men like meat and potatoes.':) But you are here;) LOL:)) Oh..just kidding, hope you're not getting angry w/me b'cus it was the news grabbed my attention recently, that's all. Of course, you're WELCOME everytime, as this page is open for EVERYONE *smile*

    @ Bev: What a true finding about me, Bev. Yeap, I'm talented in some areas but honestly telling that desserts and coctails are in my interested areas, however for cooking,... I need some more time in order to be good one. Thanks God, I've my best-cooking advisor, Mom, so I can find my way about cooking...

    Instead of reaching from the monitor, I'd advice you to consider comming to Istanbul as it's really worth for both visiting and tasting so delicious food!

    @ Cami: Welcome to Istanbul:) Welcome to my journal:) Thank you so much for yr kind comment, a rosylike smelling comment indeed:)

    Well, maybe you know or not, Turkey's Mediterranean city Isparta is 'City of Roses', being the most famous for its rose culture, and one of the world's leading producer of attar of roses, a valuable oil extracted by steam distillation from rose petals and used in perfumes and cosmetics by the product that's aromatic 'rosewater'. So main economic activities of Isparta are rosewater production and handmade carpet making. The area is full of magic with amazing rose fields as ya can imagine well. The stunning scenery with roses is an
    experience you would treasure forever! There are also rose perfume factories nearby the rose fields, where daily tours to be organized.

    Why not coming to Isparta, as early JUNE to coincide with the annual Rose Harvest?

  5. Hi Nihal, I was delighted that you visited my blog and thank you for your sweet comment. Your blog is lovely and your desserts are amazing...both the content and the photography. I am thinking I may have to make that chestnut recipe but it may have to wait since I only see chestnuts at Christmas time. I hope you'll be back to visit me soon. Miles of Smiles ~ Lynn

  6. Oh it all looks soooo very delicious! I for one have a very sweet tooth and can never resist desserts! lol Thank you so much for sharing your dessert with us today:-) xo

  7. That Rose Touch drink looks delicious. Just the thing to serve on a summer afternoon. I'll have to be sure I take the ingredients up to our cabin.


  8. @ Lynn: Glad to have your visiting, a warm welcome to you from Istanbul:) Your site piqued my interest, and I will be visiting often, Lynn:)

    @ Pea: Welcome to my home:) Very pleased for your visit and kind words. And come again soon:) Plus, I'm very pleased to see that internet riches, and this blogging has been so great way to spend my day cruising other nice sites across the blueball(=our world)!

  9. merhaba the dessert carnival and love your desserts too, only sad i could not taste it ;(

  10. marhaba nihal...
    what a great dessert.
    you should make it one day when i come over visiting you across the bosphorus ;))