Asure is one of the most traditional desserts of the Turkish cuisine and possibly, one of the richest puddings in the world with barley, dry fruits and nuts added. Traditional folklore holds that this dessert was made by Noah as he gathered all the remaining foodstuff and made this sweet pudding when he and his family left the ark. The Turkish team cooked the traditional asure in the past and here is the presentation of it, so that you see how radically we will finally change it.
In Greece, we call it varvara and it is a dessert with religious roots, as it is cooked on the eve of Saint Barbara's feast, on December, 3. The custom is to offer it to neighbours for the good health of the children of the house and in honour to Saint Barbara who lent her name to the dessert. It is a great challenge, therefore, for our teams to experiment on this rich healthy dessert. We have introduced a forum thread to listen to our etwinners' suggestions on how the traditional asure can be made an original new dessert.
The Greek and the Turkish students are involved in a lot of discussion concerning the ingredients of our common dessert. What we all agreed on is to use oat flakes instead of the traditional wheat. We hope our asure will be as tasty as the original one. The Greek students even asked Mrs Christodoulou, the dietician we invited at school, whether honey can be added to a sweet as a sweetener or it loses most of its qualities when it boils. She confirmed that most of its qualities will be lost when it is boiled, yet it is possible to use it in a dessert as it is not harmful.
The Turkish Team cooked Aşure on 23rd March, 2016. We put not only the ingredients into it, but also the love we feel for our partners. Here is our presentation.
This is how the Greek team cooked our dessert.The Greek team found it delicious,too!