We had our dinner with two friends this evening. It was a long time since we had met last, so we decided to invite them for dinner. As we love eating together, they accepted it immediately. We had grilled gilthead seabream in oven with season salad in our menu.
Our dessert was from our guests. It’s a common tradition in Turkey, if you are invited for dinner, you should take a kind of dessert as a contribution for dinner. And our kind friends brought this scrumptious sobiyet for our dinner.
Sobiyet (rolled baklava with pistachio and cream) is one of the most popular traditional Turkish desserts. The most popular one is baklava. Sobiyet is very similar to baklava, the only difference is that it has cream inside it. The best baklava and its versions are made by Güllüoğlu and as far as I know, they also have an agency in the U.S. However, they don’t have one in Eskisehir, that’s why our friends bought it from the best of Eskisehir, Hacıoğlu.
Dessert before engagement
Desserts with sherbet have a different role in Turkish culture. Couples have a small ceremony with just their closest family members before their engagement. And a kind of sherbet dessert such as sobiyet, baklava, kadayif is served to the guests at the ceremony. This is a kind of wish for that couple to go on a sweet relationship and to end up with marriage.
If you want to try it at home, here is the recipe.
• 1kg flour
• 500g wheat starch
• 4 eggs
• 5tsp salt
• 1 ½ cup water
• 1 cup pistachio
• 800g butter
For its sherbet:
• 8 cups sugar
• 12 cups water
For its cream:
• ½ lt milk
• 4tbsp semolina
Put flour, salt, eggs, and 1 ½ cup water in a large bowl, knead them well. Divide the dough into pieces in size of walnuts. Then roll out these pieces with a rolling pin in size of a small plate. Wait them 15 minutes. Then put 8 of them on one another by sprinkling starch between each, they should overlap. And roll all of these out at the same time. Thay should be thin phyllo sheets.
Cut each phyllo sheet into small suares of 10cm.
Preheat the oven to 180C.
Cook the semolina and milk together in a pot by mixin it continually until it gets thicker than pudding.
Put pounded pistachio and a spoonful semolina mixture on each squares. Fold the edges of the square in shape of an envelope. Do the same for all of the squares and place them in a tray.
Melt the butter and pour it in the tray. And cook the in oven for half an hour.
Meanwhile, you can prepare its sherbet. Boil 12 cups water and 8 cups sugar in a pot. When the sugar melts totally, take it from heat and let it cool. When you take the sobiyet from oven, pour this sherbet on them. Don’t forget, sherbet should be cold, sobiyets should be hot. Then let it cool and serve it cold.