Bulgarian Pie; Turkish Baklava

by margarkolb

We hosted a Bulgarian movie night this past weekend, which set me scrambling to learn something — anything — about Bulgarian desserts.

And, wow. I think perhaps the food truck of our dreams should be called “Circular Meals” rather than square. Because ….

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….yes.

 

“Why didn’t we know about this before?” Eisha asked me, dumbfounded. Apparently we should have. A small internet storm has gathered around apple-flower pies, based on one recipe posted by a Bulgarian lady and since translated (with varying success) into English.

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Are they Bulgarian? My Bulgarian friend and her mother have yet to encounter them. Apple pies are very Bulgarian, but flower-pies are rare specimens everywhere, it seems. (Flower form adds, for clumsy people like me, about an hour to pie prep-time, using Alice Waters’ classic apple pie as a benchmark.)

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Was it worth it? Absolutely it was.

We also made baklava. We sent you some in our imaginations. Come visit….there’s more in our freezer!

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