A Taste of Turkey: Katmer from Gaziantep

Katmer from Gaziantep



Gaziantep may be famous for it’s baklava but there’s another delicious pastry that it is just as well known for: katmer.

Straight from the oven, this sweet, flaky pastry pillow of kaymak and pistachio will have you wanting more. It is usually eaten for breakfast but if you sleep in, it is still perfectly acceptable to have it with cay (tea) during the morning!

On our first visit to Gaziantep we went in search of Katemerci Zekeriya Usta, often mentioned as one of the best in this city . It wasn’t the easiest place to find but we persevered and were handsomely rewarded. Our visit was validated as, on our second trip to Gaziantep we were taken there by our guide from Culinary Backstreets.

Katmerci Zekeriya Usta

This time we forego sitting at the outside tables to learn how katmer is made.

How to make katmer:

First you take a small ball of pastry and treat it like pizza dough…flip it through the air until it is quite thin and then stretch it out so that it is even thinner….as thin as tissue paper!

Katmerci Zekeriya Usta

Katmerci Zekeriya Usta

Kaymak (turkish clotted cream) is then dotted over the pastry…..

Katmerci Zekeriya Usta

…and a layer of chopped pistachio sprinkled on top. The pistachios from Gaziantep are the best you can buy so this could be the secret!

Katmerci Zekeriya Usta

The pastry is then folded…..

Katmerci Zekeriya Usta

Katmerci Zekeriya Usta

and the katmer is popped into the wood fired oven…..

Katmerci Zekeriya Usta

A little while later it is ready to be served…

Katmerci Zekeriya Usta


Katmer from Gaziantep

Don’t miss tasting this delicious pastry when you visit Gaziantep. You won’t be disappointed!


Katmerci Zekeriya Usta

Katmerci Zekeriya Usta can be found at Bay Hilmi Gecidi No: 16/C-D
Körükcü Sokak,
They are open until 12 noon.

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30 Responses to A Taste of Turkey: Katmer from Gaziantep

  1. Rahman @ Destination Iran January 23, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

    That must be delicious. I’ve not had this mixture before, but I’ve tasted the single ingredients making the whole thing. What may worry me is the fact that there’s too much fat in it! Of course, for a traveler, who wants to try different things, I will surely have a stop there if I go to this town one day.

    Thanks for the information.

    • Jenny Freedman January 30, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

      Forget the fat Rahman, you have to try it! It really is a taste sensation!

  2. Red Nomad OZ January 24, 2015 at 5:06 pm #

    STOP! I’m salivating!! Much as I love my Aussie bakeries, this looks sensational!

    • Jenny Freedman January 30, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

      It is sensational Red! There’s nothing that even comes close in our bakeries! I’ll get you to Turkey one day!!

  3. Joy @MyTravelingJoys January 24, 2015 at 5:14 pm #

    OMG…just seeing your photos reminds me of our visit to the same katmer shop in 2012! I absolutely loved it, and even though, Ciya and some other restaurants in Istanbul serve it, it’s simply not the same. 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman January 30, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

      It isn’t the same is it Joy. I’m sure the quality of pistachios makes the difference! I haven’t had it at Ciya but if I get desperate I’ll have to try it there!

  4. Corinne January 24, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    Jenny, I cannot believe I’ve never heard of this nor eaten it. Looks delicious!

    • Jenny Freedman January 30, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

      I can’t believe you haven’t tried it either Corinne. Now you will have to go back!

  5. Turkey's For Life January 24, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    We REALLY need to go to Gaziantep to sample theşr katmer. In our neck of the woods in the southwest, katmer is filled with tahini – *very* tasty. Love the idea of the kaymak, though. 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman January 30, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

      Yes, you really do need to go to Gaziantep and not just for the katmer!!I’d love try katmer filled with tahini…very different but equally as tasty nI’m sure.

  6. N J Magas January 25, 2015 at 11:03 pm #

    That looks absolutely amazing! I love pistachios!!

    • Jenny Freedman January 30, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

      It is amazing! If you love pistachios, you’ll be heaven with those from Gaziantep…I’ve never tasted any like it!

  7. Debra Kolkka January 26, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

    Oh my goodness! This looks too delicious for words.

    • Jenny Freedman January 30, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

      It is sensational Debra! Gaziantep has so many fabulous dishes which is why it’s one of my favourite cities outside of Istanbul.

  8. Toby January 27, 2015 at 1:01 am #

    This looks incredible. That pastry dough is so thin, I wonder how it can hold all those delicious ingredients without tearing or leaking!

    • Jenny Freedman January 30, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

      It is amazing how it doesn’t split Toby but it doesn’t! It’s just one big envelope of deliciousness!

  9. budget jan January 31, 2015 at 2:38 am #

    Seeing how it is made and the ingredients I know I would love this so much. Another reason to revisit Turkey!

    • Jenny Freedman February 10, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

      It’s every bit as good as you imagine Jan! Any reason to go back to Turkey!

  10. Heather February 1, 2015 at 5:44 pm #

    Well, now I need to go back to Turkey to try this fabulous sounding dessert!

    BTW, I referenced your blog often during my recent trip to Istanbul 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman February 7, 2015 at 5:51 pm #

      I’m sure you’ll go back to Turkey again Heather! I’m glad the blog posts were helpful to you. Isn’t it the most wonderful city!

  11. Uptourist February 6, 2015 at 9:38 am #

    Ohh haven’t heard of that one. I wonder how it tastes. And it is surprising how they can roll it so thin.

    • Jenny Freedman February 7, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

      It’s so delicious that once you taste it you’ll want more! Katmer is sweet but not overly so. The pastry helps cut the sweetness and delivers a fabulous taste sensation. I’m not sure how it doesn’t break…the pastry is quite elastic.Thanks for stopping by.

  12. Kristen February 9, 2015 at 12:05 am #

    YUM! Gaziantep has so much amazing food. We loved this on our recent visit there. It felt a bit naughty eating something so sweet for breakfast but someone has to do it! Haha.

    • Jenny Freedman February 9, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

      I’m so glad you made it to Gaziantep! The food is the best isn’t it! I gave up worry what I ate for breakfast after a while too …There was no way I was going to miss having a few baklavas and katmers!

  13. Aleney February 10, 2015 at 11:54 am #

    Goodness me they look amazing! I need to find myself some of these #teamwanderlust

    • Jenny Freedman February 10, 2015 at 4:11 pm #

      There has to be a Turkish restaurant in Sydney making them though I doubt they would taste the same. The pistachios were like none I have ever eaten and the kaymak is delicious. Just a winning combination of fabulous ingredients!

      • Cornelia Weber Photography February 12, 2015 at 1:29 pm #

        Oh my gosh, that sounds so delicious and easy to make. I have to try to make it immediately. I have been in Turkey , some decades ago, going camping there and I was all over Turkey, but seen that kind of deliciousness. Thank you for sharing.

        • Jenny Freedman February 13, 2015 at 9:36 pm #

          I’m in admiration that you are contemplating making this! Unfortunately we’re not able to buy similar pastry or cream that is even close to kaymak. Please let me know how you go Cornelia.

  14. özgür February 11, 2015 at 5:07 am #

    As a Turkish and person who visits Gaziantep a lot. This is my favoruti dessert. I love it.

    • Jenny Freedman February 13, 2015 at 9:39 pm #

      Hi Ozgür. I’m not surprised it’s your favourite…it’s heavenly! I have a few questions for you! Do you go to this shop when you eat katmer in Gaziantep. Are there any paces in Istanbul that make an exceptional katmer? Thanks for stopping by.

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