It’s time for me to start travelling again. I have much more fun on my travels than when I am holed up in my loft, however gorgeous it is. And it is not in Shoreditch that I am going to push the door of a normal looking building to find rather good looking young men making yufka the way their fathers and grandfathers did before them. Or mothers and grandmothers as they would have done in earlier times. These guys were working on the ground floor of a regular building in Gaziantep in south eastern Turkey right next door to my favourite ice cream place, Ozgüler. I would have missed them if it wasn’t for the big sign advertising yufka. Unlike filo, yufka is slightly baked after being rolled out.

What is even more interesting is that once it is rolled out and partially baked on a saj, each sheet is dipped in water and then hung to dry as if it were washing. Once dry, the yufka sheets are piled up and sold by the weight to be used like filo pastry to make a whole variety of boreks. In the next post, I will discuss the different types of boreks and give you a recipe or two, using yufka like the one being made in the clips which I got from Turkey and keep in my freezer. I will also use some store-bought yufka which will be thicker but as I said, it is unlikely I am going to stumble across such an operation near me. Perhaps up in Green Lanes!

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  • So interesting. Great videos. They make it look so easy!
    Looking forward to the borek recipes Anissa 🙂

  • >>>>sheet is dipped in water and then hung to dry as if it were washing

    Interestingly remain consistent
    don’t tear
    don’t dissolve

  • it’s quite a strong dough and i think the fact that he dips when it is still hot makes a difference 🙂

  • what an interesting dough! I wish I could’ve made it to Gaziantep while I was in Aleppo. I’m looking forward to your borek recipes!

  • Lovely yufka.
    And I agree with the good looking men 😉
    I came on the blog to change my mood.
    I know it’s off subject here, but i’m gutted. I just found out that Theatre de Beyrouth is closed forever and ever, and of course will be demolished very soon. Removing the last historically significant theatre, to build another skyscraper is deeply depressing.
    What is left to wipe off in this city??the national museum maybe.
    Anyway, have a great evening anissa.

  • thanks abdallah. i am sorry to hear about the theatre de beirut. i don’t remember it but i share your feeling about beirut and how it has been spoiled. it was never a beautiful city, not even in my youth, but it had charm and pockets that were lovely like the souks and where the old houses were and of course the seaside. but its only charm today is its dolce vita quality (for those privileged ones who can enjoy it). personally, i know that i never want to live there again, for many reasons including the sanctioned vandalism that is destroying our architectural heritage not to mention the rotten political system. after this charming assessment of our home city, i also wish you a lovely evening 🙂

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