Turkish Golden Cakes

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Turkish Golden Cakes
Image: Diana Kostova
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Preparation60 min.
Cooking40 min.
Тotal100 min.
"Unbelievably good cakes, soaked in a sweet syrup and with a juicy walnut texture. Don`t miss out!"


  • flour - 1 2/3 cups (400 g)
  • baking powder - 1/2 tsp
  • butter - 1/2 cup (125 g), softened
  • oil - 2/5 cup (100 ml)
  • eggs - 1 white
  • yoghurt - 3 tbsp
  • walnuts - 4/5 cup (200 g)
  • for smearing
  • eggs - 1 yolk
  • for the syrup
  • water - 2 cups (500 ml)
  • sugar - 2 cups (500 g)
  • lemons - 1/2

How to cook

First, make the syrup by boiling the sugar and water in a pot on the stove. Add the juice and rind of half a lemon and stir. Boil the syrup several min. until thickened.

Make the dough by sifting the flour in a bowl, adding the oil, egg white, softened butter, milk and baking powder.

Knead it all together and add a little more flour if needed, to get a smooth dough that doesn't stick to your hands. Cover it and leave it for 30 min. to sit.

Divide the dough into 2 equal parts and roll them out to 1/2″ (1 cm) thick round sheets. Cut one of the sheets into small round circles with a cookie cutter or shot glass. Do the same for the other sheet but also cut out a smaller circle in the middle of each, using a bottle cap or smaller form.

Knead the leftovers from the dough together and use them to repeat the same process.

Smear an oven dish with a little butter and put the whole circles in, while placing a circle with a hole over each and pressing with your fingers carefully along the edges so they stick together. Put walnuts in the middle opening of each.

Smear each with a beaten egg yolk and put the oven dish in a preheated 392°F (200 °C) oven for about 40 min. for them to get a golden color.

Dip the cakes in the cold syrup or pour it over them, while they're still hot. Leave them with the syrup for a few hours to syrup and soften.

Notes: I recommend using whole or slightly ground nuts. The first time I cooked this recipe I used ground walnuts and when I poured in the syrup they went all over the place, so use whole nuts if possible. The cakes will look a lot nicer that way.


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