Ok, so we’ve all had baklava, right? But what about Mostarski kadaifi?
Well, now that I’ve visited Bosnia, how about I share a recipe for something I fell in love with as soon as I sunk my teeth into it?
Thanks to the Ottoman Empire having a huge impact on this part of Europe, edibles such as this Mostarski kadaif can be enjoyed at one of the many eateries and bakeries in this gorgeous river city – Mostar.
A golden tangle of pastry threads, layered with walnuts and raisins and doused in liquid butter. This is, apparently, how things like this are done in this town.
It doesn’t end there.
We all know that baklava has an involvement with a syrup. The same applies to the kadaif of Mostar. A heavy handed drowning in sugary syrup deliciously spiked with lemon, orange, fragrant vanilla and honey.
The result – something that’ll either make your teeth hurt, the back of your throat tingle or your brows rise with absolute pleasure.
The bottom is a dense, sopped layer of compressed kadaifi, nuts, raisins and syrup. The top is light, buttery and crunchy at the same time.
The best way to enjoy it, I think, is with coffee – or Bosanska kahva. This is a coffee preparation I’ve known my entire life, as the Croats make it the same way; in a džezva. It may have stemmed from the way the Turks make it – although done a little differently – but this strong, unfiltered coffee is enough to kick-start any slow-beating heart.
High doses of sugar and caffeine?
Adapted from here