Beloved Turkish Breakfast: The Secret's in the Swirl

Turkey is a gastronome's paradise. The street food, cafés, tea houses — it will all blow your mind. However, it was the rich and vast tradition of baked goods that really took my heart, one special breakfast bun in particular. Can you guess what's tucked into each layer of crusty pastry?

Halva!

This is the incredible, decadent and delicious halva bun. Halva is that amazing sweetened sesame seed candy that is so popular throughout the Middle East. The halva bun can be found in most Istanbuli pastry shops and is a popular breakfast or snack food. It's an amazing combination of chewy, crusty pastry dough, with rich, moist halva permeating each layer. It is indeed a rapturous experience, biting into one of these things. I've never seen anything like this in the United States, I may just have to figure it out in my own kitchen. If you've had a halva bun, or know the secrets on how to make the perfect one, let's hear it!

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(Images: Leela Cyd Ross)

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