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Clotted Cream – Kaymak


Turkish cuisine has countless magical ingredients and one of my favorites is (of course) the worst one for you. It is called kaymak, a clotted cream made from slowly cooking and reducing buffalo’s milk, a process that concentrates the fat and produces a thick, butterlike substance that is served with candied fruits like kabak tatlısı and other candied fruits. During my month in Istanbul, I was no stranger to kaymak, sometimes indulging in it twice a day with my already rich desserts. My only regret is that I never did realize my dream of visiting the old school kaymakci (kaymak maker) Pando at his shop in Beşiktaş. I suspect that achieving my kaymak related goals will be the driving force behind my next trip to Istanbul.

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2016-01-07T14:38:16+00:00 March 31st, 2009|Categories: Istanbul, Turkish Cuisine|16 Comments


  1. […] forgo the künefe, shredded pastry filled with cheese, cooked in butter, and served with syrup and kaymak (clotted cream), so get it even though you won’t have room for dessert. To get there by […]

  2. […] mention our spectacular dessert of candied olives, green walnuts and mini eggplants served with kaymak, a sort of clotted cream. I had heard about the mini eggplants before and even ate one at Antiochia […]

  3. exromana April 28, 2009 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    where did you have this dish in ist? i had it at a place called ciya sofrasi, and it was really what it is supposed to be-creamy, thick and luscious. hope you make it back to besiktas one day.

    • Katie April 28, 2009 at 10:13 pm - Reply

      The question is where DIDNT I have kaymak. I ate it with candied eggplant, olives and walnuts at ciya sofrasi… çok güzel…with bread and honey at breakfast at Sütiş on Istiklal, with künefe at Köşebaşı in Levent, with ekmek kadayıfı at with kabak tatlısı everywhere, the list goes on and on…ill be back in besiktas soon enough. Im headed to ist for a few days in August.

  4. Turkish Breakfast - Kahvaltı September 15, 2009 at 1:01 am - Reply

    […] staple, as are olives and cheeses. So far so good, right? Well, instead of butter and jam, there is kaymak and honey. And let’s not mention that I eat all the kaymak until it is gone (read: I eat an […]

  5. […] After being stuck in Istanbul’s interminable Saturday night traffic for more than two hours, I finally made it to Selin‘s house in Nişantaşı. A feast of typical Turkish dishes awaited, and at the end came a Selin original: marinated apricots filled with kaymak. […]

  6. Istanbul Wrap Up 2010 June 18, 2010 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    […] Köftecisi: Grilled köfte, white bean salad, and ekmek kadayif (syrup soaked semolina with kaymak), perfect […]

  7. Tackling Istanbul, Revised December 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    […] room for at least two desserts—one at Çiya (candied olives and mini eggplants with kaymak) and a Kup Griye at Baylan. Kadikoy is a great dessert destination. You can read about the zone’s […]

  8. […] Kadayif with pistachios and kaymak. […]

  9. A Day Trip to Ljubljana, Slovenia February 29, 2012 at 3:07 am - Reply

    […] Inside, we found Balkan delicacies like kaymak (above), a sort of cream cheese that shares its name with one of my favorite Turkish foods. […]

  10. […] at around 10am, after a very early breakfast soup), is a paper thin dough envelope filled with kaymak (clotted cream), sugar and bright green local pistachios. This morning Şemsa and I visited […]

  11. […] Welcome – but how did you get here? This is what I get when I buy kaymak! Clotted Cream ? Kaymak | Parla Food __________________ Never argue with an idiot – they pull you down to their level and then beat […]

  12. […] is the real deal. Other places will add colorants, making it look like this. The white topping is kaymak, which is kind of like clotted cream, but better. Real kaymak is made from water buffalo […]

  13. […] is a big deal in Turkey, and it is due to these tours that we discovered the wonder that is kaymak, so we will be thankful to Culinary Backstreets for that if nothing else. You then proceed to walk, […]

  14. Ali September 20, 2015 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Just returned from travels around Turkey and fell in love with Kayak. Do you know where I can purchase it? London/online?

    • Katie September 20, 2015 at 5:45 pm - Reply

      not sure where you can purchase it but perhaps it is available in the food shops around Dalston or Green Lanes?

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