Turkish milk pudding is a simple and delicious dessert that is easy to make and loved by many. With its creamy texture and sweet flavor, it's the perfect dessert for satisfying your sweet tooth. Whether you're looking to impress your guests with your culinary skills or simply want to enjoy a sweet treat, Turkish milk pudding is a dessert that you won't regret trying!
History of Turkish Milk Pudding
My favorite part of sixth grade was doing our country reports. The best part of the fair was sampling all of the food from the different countries. My love of food started from this small fair. In California, you get a lot of people from different countries. They make some incredible authentic food.
Fast forward and I now have my own daughter participating in her fair. She picked Turkey. We had to serve a food from the country and chose Turkish milk pudding.
Milk pudding has a long history in Turkish cuisine, dating back to the Ottoman Empire. It is believed that the pudding was first created by palace chefs who were trying to impress the sultan and his guests with their culinary skills. The chefs experimented with different ingredients and cooking techniques, and eventually, they came up with a sweet and creamy pudding that was both delicious and visually appealing.
Over time, the recipe evolved and became a popular dessert among the general population. Today, it is a staple in Turkish homes and is often served during special occasions, such as weddings, religious festivals, and family gatherings.
Turkish cuisine is known for its flavorful and diverse dishes, from kebabs and baklava to borek and doner. One popular Turkish dessert that is easy to make and loved by many is milk pudding. Also known as sutlac, this sweet and creamy pudding is made with simple ingredients and is perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth.
You'll need to gather a few ingredients:
- 4-5 tablespoon flour
- 1 stick (½ cup) butter
- 5 cups milk
- 1 ½ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla or 2 vanilla beans, scraped
- Cinnamon and fresh fruit for garnish
Directions for Making This Simple Pudding
it's super simple to make this recipe. All you need to do is:
- In a large saucepan set to medium heat, place the butter to melt. Whisk in the flour and saute for 2-3 minutes. The butter will begin to deepen in color.
- Stir in the milk and sugar and continue cooking and stirring until thickened. Turn heat to low and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.
- Stir in the vanilla and pour into serving bowls. Garnish with cinnamon and fresh fruit if desired.
Can I Make this Recipe Gluten free?
Yes, you can use cornstarch, arrowroot powder or gluten free flour in place of the flour.
Can I Make Milk Pudding Dairy Free?
Absolutely! I suggest using dairy free butter and dairy free milk. Since dairy free milk can be really thin (thinner than regular milk) try using an unflavored dairy free creamer.
What are the best Turkish puddings?
Some of the best desserts Turkey offers are puddings, custards and milk desserts! Some of these are rice based while others are more custard like.
What toppings can I put on top of my milk pudding?
Caramel sauce is a favorite but you can sprinkle some cinnamon or spices. Finally you can add some fresh fruit or a drizzle of chocolate, fruit or caramel syrup.
What are some other pudding desserts?
If you are looking for some other pudding or custard based desserts, try some traditional yorkshire pudding. Creme brulee is also a very close contender. You can try our dairy free creme brulee. Finally, if you're wanting to try a cross between custard and pudding you can try some traditional Spanish dairy free crema catalana.