Qurabiya – It is always fun to try new recipes especially those that comes from foreign countries with a completely different food culture than Danish.

This also applies when it comes to pastries and qurabiya is a good example of that. But what is a qurabiya?


What is qurabiya?

A qurabiya is a Turkish tea cake. We do not really have anything in Denmark that corresponds to it. It is most of all a very successful combination of a muffin, a scone and a biscuit. When freshly baked, it is crisp outside and soft inside.

Qurabiya recipe

In Turkey there is not only one recipe for Qurabiya, but many. The one I do here is with orange, but there are also some with chocolate or other delights in it.

Ingredients for 16-18 pieces.

  • 115 g butter
  • 115 g sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 orange – organic
  • 2¾ dl crème fraiche or any equivalent sour dairy cream
  • 25 g flavor neutral oil – rapeseed, sunflower or the like
  • 310 g wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • A little bit of sugar

How to do Qurabiya

  1. First of all, make sure that all ingredients are in room temperature.
  2. Whip butter, sugar and vanilla powder together. It must be light and airy. Use a stirrer or an electric pointer.
  3. Whip the eggs together and add ¾ of the flour.
  4. Add orange juice and grated orange peel, crème fraiche and oil.
  5. Beat it well together.
  6. Mix the remaining flour and baking soda, place it in the dough and turn it all until the flour mixture is mixed thoroughly into the dough.
  7. Leave the dough covered in the refrigerator for a minimum of two hours.
  8. Make a ball form out of the dough of approximately the same size – slightly larger than a walnut – use if necessary a spoon.
  9. Put the balls on a baking sheet covered with baking paper. There must be some distance between them as they raise during baking.
  10. Place the baking sheet / plates in the refrigerator and allow them to rest for a minimum of ½ hour. It’s important that you keep the cooling time, as it helps to give the “cracks” on the surface of the cake.
  11. Heat the oven up to 175 ° C.
  12. Brush each qurabiya with the rest of the egg and sprinkle with a little sugar.
  13. Put them in the oven and cooked them for approx. 13-14 minutes, they must not bake too long as they become dry. Cook only until you notice a golden color and the sugar is totally melted.

Tip: You can put the pre-rolled Qurabiya spheres in the fridge the night before and bake them the following day.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 2 hours and 45 minutes

See also other Turkish baking recipes like the recipe for Simit Turkish flavor of a donut or Baklava – sweet pastries.

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2 Responses

  1. My Family Loved it. I am definitely sharing Guys, Thanks For sharing this Great Recipe. this recipe and this website with my friend. Hope they also love it. Thank you again for sharing such a great recipe.

    1. Hi Ashok,

      You’re very welcome! I’m thrilled to hear that your family loved the Qurabiya cookies and that you’re planning to share the recipe and the website with your friends. It’s wonderful to spread the joy of delicious recipes with others. I’m sure your friends will enjoy making and savoring these delightful cookies as well.


      If you ever need more recipes or any other assistance in the future, don’t hesitate to reach out. Happy baking, and thank you for your kind words! Enjoy your time with your loved ones and friends, and may your kitchen adventures continue to be filled with delicious creations!

      Best regards,

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