Tulumbe

Tulumbe
Tulumbe are one of the most loved desserts on Balkan, probably originaly brought here during the Ottoman rule in this region. They are, in a way, similar to choux pastry. Traditionally, they are fried in oil, but over the years, my mother stumbled over this recipe and ever since, we make them baked in the oven.

Tulumbe

For the dough:

1/2 l water
100 ml oil
300 g flour
6 eggs

Boil water and oil. Reduce heat, and quickly stir in flour. Remove from heat and continue to stir until the mass is completely homogeneous. Cool just a little, and stir in eggs, one by one.

Shape tulumbe with churrera with a star-shaped nozzle (that’s the closest for a device we use to make tulumbe, but I believe you can use a pastry bag with a star shaped tip) and bake in a preheated oven on 180°C, until they become golden (like choux pastry).

For the soaking syrup:

1 kg sugar
1/2 l water
2 bags vanillin sugar

Take 100 g sugar and on low heat melt it like for caramel and carefully pour in 100 ml boiling water (do not pour in cold water!!!, it will start firing hot caramel into your face). If you’re not sure about this skip this step and just cook sugar with water.
Cook remaining sugar and water on medium heat for about 10 minutes (like syrup for baklava). Add caramelized sugar and stir well.

Soak tulumbe in syrup while it’s still hot. Leave overnight, they are best the next day. Serve cold.

Tulumbe

Recept na srpskom.

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29 Comments

  1. Yummy!!! Your photos are so tasty ;)Thanks for a reminder, I must make these! From the oven? I certainly have to try…

  2. Marija, I can’t catch up with your yummy recipes:) This looks so delicious. My mother-in-low, who is Turkish, makes these too. In Turkey they call it TULUMBA. The same thing. Maybe I should learn to make if from your recipe to impress her the next time she visits us:)

  3. To add emphasis on how much I love your blog for its food, and photography, I have awarded you with another award! You rock!

  4. Beautiful and very interesting to me as in Poland we make something very similar but instead of soaking them in syrup, we fill them with whipped cream, and we call them Eklery :)Have a nice day Marija!Margot

  5. Beautiful and very interesting to me as in Poland we make something very similar but instead of soaking them in syrup, we fill them with whipped cream, and we call them Eklery :)Have a nice day Marija!Margot

  6. Beautiful and very interesting to me as in Poland we make something very similar but instead of soaking them in syrup, we fill them with whipped cream, and we call them Eklery :)Have a nice day Marija!Margot

  7. Beautiful and very interesting to me as in Poland we make something very similar but instead of soaking them in syrup, we fill them with whipped cream, and we call them Eklery :)Have a nice day Marija!Margot

  8. Beautiful and very interesting to me as in Poland we make something very similar but instead of soaking them in syrup, we fill them with whipped cream, and we call them Eklery :)Have a nice day Marija!Margot

  9. Yummy. They look beautiful. And once again beautiful table linens.

  10. WOW that looks delightful! I love anything that involves a soak in syrup.

  11. I love that every country has a variation of the puff/choux/churro,… This one looks delicious with the soaking syrup!

  12. Oh yummy. They look so good, fabulous photos and it’s so nice to see a history behind the food.

  13. This is new to me, but Ooooh they look divine and I will be trying them…. Thank you for posting your Tuluble….

  14. we call them touloubes in Greece :)Your photos are impressive and you make the recipe sound easy too!

  15. That looks really nice. Very glossy from the syrup. I’m enjoying reading your blog, by the way – you have a lot of interesting recipes!

  16. Oh my god, tulumbe!! (Or ‘tulumba’ as we would say in greece). This is indeed one of the most popular dessserts in Balkan countries, my father used to bring some tulumbes home for us sometimes, and I used to love them as a child :-)) Thanks so much for posting a recipe, I’ll definitely try these.

  17. I can’t believe how straightforward this recipe looks, I must try it :)

  18. Wow, baked, that’s interesting. My aunt back in Serbia used to fry them. My FAVORITE Serbian dessert.

  19. Wow, this tulumbe looks fabulous! I haven't eaten this in years and it makes me kind of nostalgic because my grandma used to make this for me and i always liked eating this…as long as i can use my fingers. thank you for shearing your post.

  20. cok guzel bir duygu sayfanizda Turk yemek tariflerinin olmasi.Hernekadar biz biraz farkli yapiyor olsakta benzeyen yanlarida var.Tesekkurler

  21. i love them as eclairs. i never herd from tulumbe with sirup, but i think we´ll love them. I´m sure i ´ve to bake them too. Pour me : )

  22. Am inteles ca acest desert este din Turcia…stiti cumva reteta de GEANTAK(placinta cu carne in aluat dospit),este o placinta turceasca foarte buna as vrea si eu reteta.

  23. WOW! looks very delicious~*yummiee* thanks for the recipe! i will definitely try it out at home.

  24. This looks so delicious and beautiful. What a cool dish. Really looks so yummy.

  25. Is it possible to also add measurements in cups tsp tblsp. I don’t know what two bags of vanilla are and I would love to try these recipes

    • Michele, 3 bags vanilla sugar is about 20 g. Sorry for the late response, this comment has been buried in spam :(

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