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Sep 23
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Sakarya Tatlıcısı: Just Dessert

The arrival of fall usually finds us heading instinctively, like a salmon swimming towards its ancestral headwaters, to Beyoğlu’s Balık Pazarı, the neighborhood’s old fish market. Autumn is quince season in Turkey and that means the appearance – for a limited time only – of one of our favorite desserts, ayva tatlısı (literally “quince dessert” in Turkish, although “quince in syrup” might be more accurate), and the market’s Sakarya Tatlıcısı, a pastry and sweets shop with old-world charm, is one of our top stops for the dessert.

The apple-like quince is one of those complicated, mysterious fruits that take on a new life when cooked. Raw, quinces are often astringent and inedible. Cooked (granted, with a generous amount of sugar), the fruit assumes a different personality, with a newfound depth of flavor and a seductive perfume. (To read the rest of this archived review, click here.)

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2 Responses to “ Sakarya Tatlıcısı: Just Dessert ”
  1. Will this quince dessert be in season one month from now in November?

  2. Yes. They should be in season for several months from now.

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