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How to Make Katmer, Turkish Crunchy Pancake With Pistachio


Katmer: Turkish Crunchy Pancake With Pistachio and Clotted Cream

This delicious and easy to make Turkish crunchy pancakes with pistachios and clotted cream, Katmer, hails from Gaziantep, one of the must visit gastronomic regions in Turkey. It is delicious as part of breakfast, tea time treat or a light dessert with fresh fruit aside.

Author: Ozlem Warren


  • 4 sheets of filo pastry, thawed (each sheet about 30 cm x 27 cm – 11 in x 12 in)
  • 30 ml / 2 tbsp. melted unsalted butter
  • 55 gr / 2 oz. clotted cream, Turkish kaymak or mascarpone cheese
  • 60 gr / 4 tbsp. finely crushed, unsalted pistachios
  • 30 ml / 2 tbsp. sugar (brown sugar works well too)
  • Honey and fresh fruit to serve (optional)


First Step

Take the filo sheets out of the fridge 30 minutes prior using to bring to room temperature. If filo sheets are frozen, it is best to thaw in the fridge overnight and take out 1 hour prior using to bring to room temperature. Alternatively, you can take out the frozen filo sheets 2 hours prior using to bring to room temperature.

Second Step

Place two filo sheets on top of another on a dry surface (keep the rest of the filo sheets under damp towel so that they won’t dry out).

Third Step

Leave a margin of about 4 cm (1.5 in) around the edges and place little dabs of the clotted cream, mascarpone cheese or Turkish kaymak, all around the filo sheet.

Fourth Step

Sprinkle the finely crushed pistachios and sugar evenly over the cream.

Fifth Step

Place the remaining 2 filo sheets on top. Brush the edges of the top filo sheet with 1 tbsp. of melted butter. Wet your hands and fold over each side of the pasty (about 2 cm / 1 in) to make a parcel. Seal the edges with your wet hands and the brushed melted butter.

Sixth Step

Coat the remaining 1 tbsp. melted butter around a large, non-stick frying pan, over medium heat.

Seventh Step

Place the filo parcel into the pan (with the wrapped edges down) and cook for 2 minutes, as it will get golden.

Eighth Step

Turn the pancake over gently (large spatulas help) and cook for another 1,5 minutes or until golden.

Ninth Step

Serve katmer warm, drizzled with a little honey (if you wish) and crushed pistachios over. Bowl of fresh fruit aside complements katmer beautifully too.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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