Badem Ezmesi (Bah-DEM ez-mess-ee), this U-shaped wonder of taste, is one of my family’s favorite pastries. My wife likes it. I like it. Our kids love it.
On the outside it looks like a normal pastry coated in a light layer of sugar. Inside is the actual badem ezmesi.
Badem ezmesi means “almond paste,” aka “marzipan.” You can also buy small packets of it for one lira a piece.
Or platters of it. There is also “fıstık ezmesi” (pistachio paste).
These pastries are oh so tasty and oh so filling. Half the reason I run is so I can indulge in my sweet tooth. This pastry is a huge indulgence. I often only eat half of one and save the other half for later or share it with someone else.
The kids love it when my wife or I buy these for them from the bakery. They have also taken to saying, “bottom is messy,” because the phrase sounds a lot like “badem ezmesi”…And they’ve developed certain hand movements that reference certain body parts to go along with it…And then there is a lot of giggling and then they finally settle down to eat their pastries.
Thankfully, the kids do not engage in that particular bout of silliness in the bakery.