Turkish cuisine is famous for its delicious milk desserts and Güllaç is one of them. Güllaç is a traditional Ramadan dessert that dates back to Ottoman Era. This delicious dessert is very popular during Ramadan month because it is very light and easy to prepare.
The Güllaç word derived from the combination of ‘Güllü’ and ‘Aş’ words in Turkish. ‘Gül’ word means ‘rose’ and ‘Aş’ word means food in English. So basically, it may sound like food with a rose. The word ‘Güllü-Aş’ eventually turn to ‘Güllaç’ word within those years. You may be curious about the relation of rose with this dessert. It is not the rose flower itself, but the rose water has a relation with this dessert.
In Ottoman culture, rose water has a special place because in Islamic beliefs good smell is important. So for this reason, using rose water as a fragrant and as a food sweetener was very common at Ottoman Palace. However, today, some people use rose water, some don’t in this dessert. Personally, I don’t love the rosewater flavor, so I prefer not to use it in any recipe.
How it is made?
In the 1400s, this delicious dessert was made by mixing cornstarch with water. Ottoman women were mixing cornstarch and water to make paper-thin Güllaç sheets. When the mix meets with air, it dries quickly and became easy to stack and store. When they want to use these paper-thin sheets, they were soaking them up in milk and sugar and ate them.
Today, no one makes these Güllaç sheets at home. There are Güllaç sheet producer companies that make these sheets with mass production and distribute to nationwide and worldwide.
Where to eat?
If you visit Turkey during Ramadan month, you must taste this delicious milk dessert. In Ramadan month, most of the patisseries put Güllaç dessert into their menu. If you are in Istanbul during Ramadan, I strongly recommend you to stop by at the Emirgan Sütiş restaurant to taste Güllaç dessert. They are very good at making milk desserts and other desserts.
- 10 Gullac Sheets
- 2 liters milk
- 500 gram sugar
- 1 pomegranete pieces
- 10 Strawberries cut into slices
- 200 gram walnuts coarsly chopped
- 200 gram pistachios coasrly chopped
Place the milk and sugar in a pot and bring the heat to medium and stir the mix untill the sugar dissolves.
Turn off the heat and let the mix cool down at room temprature.
After the mix coold down, place one Güllaç sheet to a midsize tray and sprinkle milk on it. Then wait for the milk to soak and repeat the same steps with the other four Güllaç sheets.
Spread the chopped walnuts and pistachios on top of the fifth layer evenly. And repeat the same procedure with the other five layers of Güllaç sheets as you do same as the first five.
Finally, pour the rest of the milk over the Güllaç and then place the Güllac tray to the refregirator.
When the Güllaç is cooled one hour, cut it into square shape pieces and sprinkle it with pistachio, pomegranate pieces and walnuts.
Note: Garnish it with Strawberry Slices.