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.

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbs of unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 2.5 cups flour
  • 3 tbs semolina
  • 1 tbs of corn starch
For the syrup
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
***1 cup is 250ml cup


  1. Put water and sugar in a pot over medium heat  
  2. When syrup starts to boil, add lemon juice and turn of the heat. 
  1. Add water in a pot and put on fire. 
  2. Add butter in the hot water and let it melt. Add flour and stir with wire on medium heat 
  3. When mixture becomes soft and non-sticky, transfer to another bowl so it will cool down faster. 
  4. Put cooled dough in a mixing bowl and start to mix with a mixer. Add semolina and starch.
  5. Then start to add eggs gradually, one by one. Mix well until mixture becomes smooth.
  6. Fill your piping bag or tulumba syringe with the mixture. 
  7. Pipe the dough and cut with an oiled knife or scissors directly in the cooking oil which shouldn't be put on fire, turn on the hotplate after you add tulumbas in the oil. 
  8. When they are fully fried, take tulumbas out and directly transfer into the cold syrup Leave 2-3 minutes, then transfer tulumbas to a plate. 
  9. If you prepare larger quantities, first cool down the oil for frying, then repeat the procedure. 
  10. Pour the rest of the syrup over the ready tulumbas.