I didn’t have any doubts I’d eat my way through Turkey last fall. but I certainly didn’t expect to encounter quite so many desserts throughout my travels! However, with each new discovery I made, I began to understand the Turkish sweet tooth more and more. In a country where a vast majority of the population is Muslim and, therefore, does not partake in alcohol, it makes sense for sugar to manifest itself in new and delicious forms. Not only that, but dessert is a social ritual, meant to be shared with friends. At any given time of day or night, friends can be found congregating to sip Turkish coffee or tea from dainty glasses, often while sucking sweet smoke from a nargile. And should you care to accompany that highly caffeinated beverage with a roll, pastry, or snack, there is much to choose from-- and it’s not all Turkish delight! Serious Eats recently published this feature I wrote highlighting some popular Turkish desserts… now I just can't wait to go back and try everything else!