Çitirmek is a dessert recipe from Muğla cuisine. It probably gets its name from the sound it makes when eating or tearing a piece of dessert. It is possible to say that çitirmek is praline with a soft consistency. When saying soft, don't think of marshmallow softness. Çitirmek has an elastic consistency that can be considered soft compared to praline.
Çitirmek is basically made with sesame seeds and honey. Nuts and walnuts are added to give an extra texture, and lemon peel is added to give flavor. You can also use orange or tangerine peel instead of lemon peel. If you are in the habit of making dried lemon peels, you can also use these peels.
Since çitirmek is not as hard as pralines, they stick together when you put them on top of each other, but this does not prevent you from separating. You can separate the slices by making the sound I mentioned above.
Citirmek is a great recipe to serve with coffee like Turkish delight. You can keep it at hand to serve with your coffee.
You can store it at room temperature, not too high, or in the refrigerator for weeks.
Enjoy the recipe..
- 1 cup of sesame seeds,
- 1/2 cup of ground walnuts,
- 1/2 cup of ground hazelnuts,
- 1/2 cup of honey,
- Grated rind of 1/2 lemon.
- Place the sesame seeds in a non-stick pan and fry on medium heat, stirring constantly, until it turns brown in places,
- Add hazelnuts and walnuts and continue mixing for a few more minutes,
- Add lemon peel and honey, mix and cook for a minute, stirring,
- Take it off the heat and pour it on half of a piece of wax paper,
- Cover the remaining half of the greaseproof paper on it, smooth it with the help of a rolling pin and flatten the çitirmek
- After it reaches the thickness you want, wait for it to cool down,
- After cooling, slice into desired size with a sharp knife.