I love to learn and share stories about food. Turkish Almond Pudding – Keşkül is one of them. Actually the full name is Fukâra Keşkülü. It is a milk pudding with a considerable amount of calories to keep one full for a long time, perhaps this is the reason why it was chosen to be distributed to pour by the palace during the Ottoman Empire. Actually the word keşkül means a small bowl made of a coconut shell.
The Ottoman governors would go around as beggars in disguise and collect money in keşkül bowls. The amount of money they would collect would be an indication of the status of the public. Then the collected money would be donated to the needy.
The pudding itself is easy to prepare. Ground almond can be found in markets, if not available then you can peel the almonds and crush it to really small particles and use it.
Although I have stated that it has a lot of calories, I have to remind you that in the end it is a milk pudding, so it can never match the calories in a baklava. Enjoy.