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yassi kadayif Turkey

The Turkish term for the Arab dessert qatayif.


yokan  Japan

This takes the form of cubes, made from sweet, jellied adzuki bean paste and agar agar or kudzu starch.  “When this dish arrived in Japan from China, it was a vegetarian substitute for mutton soup, as indicated by its name written using the Chinese character yo, meaning ‘sheep’ and the word kan for ‘soup.’” Eric C. Rath, Food and Fantasy in Early Modern Japan (Berkeley: U. of California Press, 2010), 91.


yufka Turkey

Turkish term for filo. yufka


zabaglione Italy, sabayon France


coming soon...


zalabia (also zalibīya) Middle East

A tangle of crispy dough made drizzling thinnish batter into hot fat.  The fritter is then soaked in a sugar syrup.  The fritters date back to at least Medieval Persia but are now widely dispersed across the Middle East and North Africa.  The Indian jalebi is similar and probably a descendant of the Iranian original.  In the Muslim world they are associated with Ramadan and among Syrian Jews with Hanukah.

zalbia zalibiya

zeppole Italy

Fritters usually made using a cream puff dough (pâte à choux).  They are traditional for St. Joseph’s Day, March 19.


zerde  Turkey

A dairy-free rice “pudding” made by thickening long-simmered rice with starch.  In Turkey, zerde is traditional for weddings, births, and other special occasions.


Zimtsterne  Austria, Germany, Switzerland

”Cinnamon stars,”
are cookies popular throughout the German-speaking countries for the Christmas season.  The recipe is typically made with a Linzer dough (see recipe) though a sugar-butter cookie dough is also occasionally used. Thanks to Kristin Buessing.







Photo: Kristin Buessing




Zimtringes  Austria

Literally “cinnamon rings.” A small ring-shaped cookie flavored with cinnamon popular around the turn of the 20th century.


znoud el set Middle East

Literally “lady’s upper arms.”  There are made by filling a filo cylinder with a cream filling.


zuccherini Italy (dated)

Early version of meringue cookies.  A recipe appears in Domenico Romoli’s cookbook, first published in 1560.


zuppa inglese Italy

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