I have certainly mentioned before, that my favorite desserts are those prepared with sherbet. I loved baklava, tulumba, kadaif, ravanija even since I was a little girl and nothing has changed so far. I feel great pleasure when I eat a dessert with sherbet, I love how it melts in my mouth, I love its' juiciness and how it calms my senses. For those who don't know what is sherbet, it's basically a boiled mixture of water and sugar which can contain small amounts of vanilla or lemon juice. Sherbet is used to pour over a dough which soaks the sherbet. My love to sherbet desserts inspired me to prepare this Top 7 list of the most popular sherbet desserts.


Baklava is another pastry that is typical of the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire. Today, it is one of the most popular desserts in Macedonia. It is a rich sweet pastry made of layers covered with sherbet (syrup) which seduces with its taste.
This is the perfect recipe of baklava. You can find the phyllo dough for this recipe in the freezer section of most grocery stores.  


My mom has been preparing this baklava for ages and I always thought that her baklava is the best. When I was a kid, I would've stick my fork right in the middle and eat my piece by unrolling baklava until I've reached the very center :) I've later tried other types of this great dessert, but this one still takes a special place in my heart.


Tulumba is a one of the best dessert in the world. Simple and sweet, there isn't a human being that can resist the irresistible taste of the sweet dough covered with syrup (sherbet). Tulumba originates in Turkey and it's mostly found in all cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire. It is one of the most popular desserts in Macedonia. There are many recipes for tulumba, some of them are good, some of them are awesome, but the best recipes are kept a secret and there is a great truth when it's said that if you want to try good tulumba, visit a specialized pastry shop. This recipe is the closest I could get to make a tulumba just like from a pastry shop. Follow the instructions carefully.

Ravanija is an old traditional dessert which is widely prepared in all countries that were under Ottoman empire. It's one of the most delicious desserts, it's easy to prepare and it's a must try sweet.

A little forgotten recipe from our grandmothers - tatlija. I remember my dad used to use this word tatlija when we were kids and sometimes when we were unhappy with the meal, he would say: "Well, what do you want instead, maybe some tatlija huh?". That was ironically said of course :)  


This is my aunt's recipe, she says that these are the fastest and the tastiest cookies. I believe her in the "tastiest" part, cause I can eat several at once :) These are mouth melting and kids love them because they look like little hedgehogs :)

Kadaif is a delicacy that is made of special thin noodles, usually mixed with almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts or walnuts and always topped with sherbet (syrup). Although the roots of this dessert come from Palestine, thanks to the Turkish occupation, it spreaded in the Balkans and became one of the most  favorite sweet treats.