Guest Post – A Perfect Breakfast – Ricotta Scones (“Kurabiye”)

The last two weeks have been crazy busy for sure, but I knew there was a light at the end of the tunnel!!!  VACATION TIME!

While I step away from the cafe for a few days, my sweet friend Ilke is stopping by…..AND she has treats!  It is funny, when I started enjoying Ilke’s site, I had no clue we seriously lived 20 minutes from each other.  So we both agreed we need to meet VERY soon….I am soooooo excited!!!

If you have not stopped by Ilk’s Kitchen, you are missing out for sure!  Her recipes always make me feel warm, and at home.  She is from Turkey, so she shares lovely recipes from her home growing up.

A little thing about me, I live vicariously through people who travel a lot.  My favorite post from Ilke, and makes me want to hop in her suitcase on her next trip….Walking Around The Spice Bazaar.  I wish I could get spices like that, and those fresh roasted chestnuts….I am in heaven.  Honestly, I could name all her posts I love……but that would be ALL of them!

I hope you enjoy her treat she brought for you, they sound like a perfect weekend breakfast, lunch, or dinner recipe!  I will be back next week, and I will have tons of fun pics to share.


Hi Everyone! It was so nice of Terra asking me to do a guest post for her here. As she is wrapping up her busy schedule, I will take over this corner and chat for a while. Once she is back in town, I am looking forward to meeting her in person since we discovered that we live only 20 minutes apart! It does not happen often in this world wide blogosphere!

If we have not crossed paths (or blog posts) before, my name is Ilke and I blog at Ilke’s Kitchen. I am originally from Turkey, and have been living in the South for the past 12 years. I am not going to lie, it took me a while to get used to living here in SC after living in Istanbul for 24 years! But now I am loving it here and establishing my family ties with my husband and a stubborn doggy. Although Istanbul is and will be the love of my life as far as the cities go.

My blog started out of a need to get my hands on my family’s recipes since nobody had written them down in my family, and also my desire to introduce Turkish cuisine in the US.  The variety and creativity in our cuisine are really diverse so I want to make it approachable and familiar to everyone.

So, to introduce you to my family’s recipes, I wanted to share the one that has familiar tones to it. My grandmother’s Ricotta Scones. Though the Turkish name, “kurabiye” can literally be translated as “cookie”, this is nothing like a cookie. So I adjusted the name to better suit the nature of the recipe and called it “scone”.

The original recipe calls for fresh cheese, named “lor” in Turkish. Since finding the exact cheese here proved to be a tad bit hard, unless I make it, I have found out that ricotta is the best substitute for lor cheese. It is just  bit runnier than lor so I adjust the amount accordingly every time I substitute it.

Yields 16

Ricotta Scones ("Kurabiye")

25 minsPrep Time

45 minsCook Time

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• 1-1/4 cups of sugar
• 2 eggs
• 1 stick (8 tablespoons or 113 gr) unsalted butter(softened at room temperature)
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• A pinch of salt
• 8 oz (~230 gr) ricotta cheese
• 4 cups or more all purpose flour (enough to make the dough not to stick to the bowl anymore and form a soft ball)
• Filling: 4 oz (~115 gr) of ricotta mixed with 2 teaspoons of sugar, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla
• 1/4 cup sugar for dipping


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Make the filling, set aside.

Mix the first 7 ingredients in a big bowl and make the dough. Dough will be soft and buttery. It should not stick to your hands or the bowl once it has just enough flour incorporated.

Make pieces that are not bigger than a tennis ball. Flatten into a disk, put a heaping teaspoon of filling and close the dough. Make it into a ball shape again. Dip the tops into sugar.

Place them on a baking sheet, sugared coated side on top. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown.


Hope you enjoy your next cup of coffee with a Turkish scone. So, What kind of experience have you had with the Turkish Cuisine? Any dishes you love or any of them you don’t care much? I would love to listen to everyone’s take on it.

Nice to meet all of you! Thank you bunches, Terra, for having me here!

Thank you so much Ilke!  When we finally meet, we will have to share pics to prove it!  I hope you enjoyed this post, and recipe as much as I did.

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  • CherylNorman
    I love recipes that use ricotta cheese instead of cream cheese. This one looks delicious. I will add it to my recipe collection for sure!
  • Ilke, so cool to see you guest post for Terra. I don't think I have ever tried this Turkish scone or cookie before..looks droolworthy with cinnamon filling.
  • Thanks ladies. Hope you try it sometime. Cheryl,I have started to use ricotta much more. Seems like a healtier substitute. Angie, it was good to be here and provide some relief to Terra in her hectic schedule :) 
  • I love these!  My blogging friends take me around the world every day.  I learn so much from you all.  Ilke, it's terrific meeting you.
  • Have a great vacation, Terra! Ilke, it's lovely to meet you! Your filled scones sound delectable!!!
  • Ilke!! So nice to see you at Terra's place! Your scone/cookies (scookies? cones?) sound too good. I can imagine that they'd be fantastic with coffee... Mmmmm:)
  • I second that my friend, need this for breakfast soon :D Cheers Choc Chip Uru
  • Great guest post! Those have to be the prettiest looking scones. Thanks for introducing me to Ilke! Always nice to meet a new friend. :) 
  • Thanks everyone, it was great meeting with new friends always! Hoping to return your visits very soon. Jenni, I love the name, scookies :))
  • kitchenriffs
    Lovely looking scones!!  I don't believe I've ever had a ricotta scone before, but I love ricotta and I love scones, so I'm sure I'd love the combo!  Thank you.
  • Judy ;)
    Thank you for sharing this recipe......can't wait to try it!
  • Hi Ilke, nice to meet you :) These scones look the ricotta!