|Rice Pudding (Sütlaç)|
Can you imagine a dessert made with wheat kernels, beans and chick peas? Last month several neighbors rang our doorbell to drop off sweet friendship offerings: bowls of aşure. I love aşure, but I have to admit it’s probably an acquired taste. You might have to live in Turkey for five years before you can get used to the idea of a dessert with beans.
When your neighbor leaves you a bowl or a dish, of course you are expected to return it with something you’ve cooked or prepared yourself. No one ever returns a dish empty. In December and January, I was too tired of holiday cooking to consider making aşure myself, so I returned several bowls with a humbler offering: sütlaç (rice pudding).