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.
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!
Kaymak (turkish clotted cream) is then dotted over the pastry…..
…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!
The pastry is then folded…..
and the katmer is popped into the wood fired oven…..
A little while later it is ready to be served…
Don’t miss tasting this delicious pastry when you visit Gaziantep. You won’t be disappointed!
Katmerci Zekeriya Usta can be found at Bay Hilmi Gecidi No: 16/C-D
They are open until 12 noon.
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