Turkish-Cypriot Cuisine
North Cyprus  

Pastries & Breads
  Gatmer (Sweet filo pastry with walnuts)
  Serves 4
  • 5 Sheets of filo pastry (about 250 gr)
  • 150 gr walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 225 gr butter
  For the Syrup
  • 350 gr sugar
  • 500 ml water
  • 1 tablespoon citrus blossom water
  • Few drops of lemon juice
  Oven temerature 
  • 240 C, gas mark 9 

Gatmer To make the syrup in a medium size saucepan dissolve the sugar in a water and add in the lemon juice and the citrus blossom water. Place the pan on high heat and bring slowly to boil. Then reduce the heat and simmer for a few minutes until it turns into a shiny syrup. Let it cool down on one side.

Grease a round baking tray. On each leaf of filo brush some melted butter. In the middle of the square pastry put some of the coarsely chopped walnuts. First, fold the two opposite sides, then roll it loosely. Place them into the baking tray in rounds, starting from the middle. Pour the rest of the melted butter over them and bake for 15-20 minutes or until slightly golden.

Pour the cold syrup over the hot pastry and allow it to soak well. Decorate it with chopped pistachio nuts and serve cold.


  • Vegetarian dishes have been marked with sign
  • Albrecht, M. (1994), Turkish Cypriot and Mediterranean Cookery, Havellia Publishing, London.
  • Salaman, R., (1991), The Cooking of Greece and Turkey, Sainsbury Cookbooks, London.
  • Jemal, H., Cyprus Today, various.

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