Gullac Ramadan Dessert / Güllaç

Güllaç Served

Güllaç – Gullac is traditionally a Ramadan dessert. It is preferred especially in Ramadan as it is a light and easy to prepare dessert, suitable to be served after a long day’s fasting. There are also non-gluten sheets available in the markets. 90% of the annual gullac sheet production is sold during the Ramadan month in Turkey.

During the 15’th century, women used to prepare these sheets using corn starch and would save them to use later. When these sheets are subject to air, they dry very quickly, so they made it soft again by soaking them up in milk and sugar and ate them, later on they started to add rose water. Rose means gül in Turkish and the name of the dessert is gül aşı – rose food. The name eventually turned into güllaç.

I don’t like it, it is too soft, too white and too milky for me. My husband likes it, a good reason for me to prepare. As I have no excuse not to, it is really very easy. Just heat up the milk with sugar, add rose water. Only then open the gullac sheet package. The fact that the sheets dry when openned is true, so you must be quick to soak them in milk.

Güllaç Sheets

I happen to have a big enough tray that the sheets will fit it, it you don’t have such a big tray just break them in half. After each sheet pour some milky mixture. When you have laid about half of the sheets sprinkle some walnuts then lay two more sheets and sprinkle some more walnuts and then some more sheets. Pour the remaining milk and you are done. The remaining milk should cover all around the top layer.

Güllaç Walnuts

Then put the tray or the dish into the fridge. It should rest at least 2 hours before you serve. The best timing would be to prepare during midday and serve at night. It is best when finished in the day it is prepared, next day it will be too soft.

Güllaç on Top

Do the garnishing just before serving so that the garnish doesn’t get soaked up and doesn’t change the color of the gullac. Traditionally it is garnished with pomogranate seeds. However when the season is not right, you can use other fruits such as strawberries, cherries. You can change walnuts with nuts, almonds. You can add pistacchio or coconut flake. Garnish is actually up to you and up to what you have available.

Enjoy.

Gullac Ramadan Dessert / Güllaç
Print Recipe
This light, milky dessert is especially prepared during Ramadan in Turkey. Super easy.
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 2 hours
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 2 hours
Gullac Ramadan Dessert / Güllaç
Print Recipe
This light, milky dessert is especially prepared during Ramadan in Turkey. Super easy.
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 2 hours
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 2 hours
Ingredients
Dessert
Garnish
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Put the milk and the sugar in a pot. Mix. Heat until it is warmer than luke warm. It should not boil.
  2. When the milk is warm enough and if you choose to use add the rose water or vanilla and mix.
  3. Use a wide enough tray or dish to prepare the dessert and place the first layer of gullac in it. Sprinkle with generous amount of milk spread and place another on top and do the same.
  4. When you have placed 4 sheets with milk mixture in between put half of the chesnuts and then put 2 more sheets again with milk mixture in between.
  5. Then put the remaining chesnuts. Then 4 more sheets with milky mixture again in between each sheet.
  6. Pour all over the remaining milk mixture. The gullac sheet on the top should be covered with milk.
  7. The dessert is ready. Put it in the fridge and wait until the mix is soaked up and the dessert is cools.
  8. Before serving garnish according to your choice. Traditional garnish is pomogranate seeds, but any seasonal fruit will do; such as strawberries, cherries. Also additional walnuts, nuts, pistacchio will be a good garnish.
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