Haside is one of the traditional and somewhat about to be forgotten desserts of Turkish cuisine. Molasses is the main ingredient of the recipe. Molasses is also one of the main elements of Turkish cuisine. It is one the basic ingredients of Turkish cuisine, mostly together with tahini. But also it’s a kind of alternative medicine. It’s recommended for iron deficiency and for strengthening immune system. So it’s not surprising to have desserts made with molasses.
Haside is called aside or köfterlik in different regions of Turkey.
The main ingredients of the recipe other than molasses are water, flour and cornstarch as the hardening material. You can use only cornstarch or only flour. But in both cases the consistency will change. It will be more solid when you use only cornstarch and more custardy when you use only flour. I prefer to use both equally because I want to get the middle of both, slicable and still soft.
Some also add butter, but I think it’s not a dessert that needs it. It has a simple but flashy flavor. I don’t think this flavor needs to be put under the shade of butter.
Walnuts complement the dessert in a wonderful way. But if you want to try something different or if you do not have walnuts, you can use hazelnuts instead.
Enjoy the recipe…
- 1 cup molasses (no matter the type),
- 1 cup water,
- 2 heaping tablespoons of flour,
- 2 heaping tablespoons of cornstarch,
- 1/2 cup coarsely ground walnuts.
- Take the molasses, water, flour and cornstarch in a saucepan and beat until no lumps,
- Cook over low-medium heat until thickens,
- Pour the mixture into a16 * 26 cm baking dish,
- Sprinkle with walnuts,
- After cools down and gets thicker slice and serve.