(Samsa Tatlısı - Ottoman Kitchen)
225 g Butter Puff Pastry (pre-rolled sheet)
3/4 cup walnuts, crumbled
1 egg yolk
1 + 1/2 cups sugar
1 + 3/4 cups water
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Lay the sheet down on the counter with the long side facing you. Flatten a little bit with a roller or by your hands. Cut in half. Place some walnuts along the long side (picture). And roll it to down and close it up. Repeat the same for the remaining dough (picture). Cut each roll in 7 pieces; you will have a total of 14 pieces (picture). Arrange them with the folded side facing down on a baking tray or large size oiled Pyrex dish. Egg-wash the tops.
To prepare the syrup, place the sugar and water in a medium-size pot. First bring it to a boil and continue boiling for 5 minutes. Then simmer for 15 minutes and add the lemon juice and vanilla extract. After 2 minutes turn the heat off.
Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C). Place the Pyrex dish on the middle rack. Bake for about 25 minutes until the top turns to a nice golden colour. After 2 minutes, take the dish out and pour the warm syrup over them with a ladle. Cover the dish using an oven tray for about 15 minutes.
Let it cool down first. Sprinkle some pistachio over the tops. You can also serve the Samsa Dessert with Turkish Thick Cream (Kaymak).
14 pieces of Samsa Dessert.
-Green Tomatoes Soup, Lamb Saute with Roasted Eggplant, Mussel Borek, Black-Eyed Peas in Olive Oil, Long Beans Salad with Cheese and Walnuts, Appetizers and Samsa Dessert with Turkish Coffee:)