Kemal Pasha Dessert

Sample Dishes from Turkish Cuisine

Kemal Pasha Desert (Kemal Paşa Tatlısı)

Sugar1 2/3 cup300 gr
Water2 cup400 gr
Lemon juice2 teaspoon10 gr
Flour1 2/3 cup180 gr
Carbonate1/2 teaspoon1 gr
Egg2 piece100 gr
Margarine5 tablespoon50 gr
White cheese (unsalted)5 matchbox150 gr


Prepare syrup and set aside. Sift flour with soda in a bowl reserving 2 tablespoons. Make a hole in center. Add sieved cheese, softened margarine reserving 1 tablespoon, and eggs, blending thoroughly. Knead for 3-4 minutes to make a smooth and soft dough. Divide into 18 pieces. Shape into balls with slightly floured hands. Arrange on a greased baking pan. Bake in a moderate oven for 20 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven. Drop into syrup and simmer for 15 minutes. Cool and serve.

Servings: 6

Nutritional Value
(in approximately one serving)

Energy467 cal
Protein9,4 g
Fat15,7 g
Carbohydrates72,6 g
Calcium108 mg
Iron0,67 mg
Phosphorus132 mg
Zinc1 mg
Sodium100 mg
Vitamin A254 iu
Thiamine0,04 mg
Riboflavin0,06 mg
Niacin0,32 mg
Vitamin C0 mg
Cholesterol97 mg

Regional Characteristics:

This dessert is a speciality of the Aegean and Marmara regions. It is called "Kadı Helvası" in Tekirdağ, meaning "Judge's Helva".