PHBC Day#4: The “Buddink” with Mulberry Molasses (Pekmez)

Sorry for the late post. So, what is “Buddink”? It is my favorite indulgence for the past couple of months, and it is basically pudding, but not just your average one.Yes, the “Buddink”. That’s what my grandma pronounces “pudding”. The story is as follows:

So, two months ago, I made her this pudding. Then, she wanted to inform my grandpa about it:

Grandma: Hey, Ulya has just made us some “buddink”!

Grandpa: What?

Gm: Buddink, buddink!

Gp: What?

Me: It’s pudding, grandpa

Gp: Hahahahahaha!

But, I have to inform you beforehand that this is not your average chocolate pudding. This pudding has no sugar, it has mulberry molasses instead, which gives the pudding a unique flavor. And mulberry molasses is good for you. Better than white sugar, at least.

Mulberry molasses, along with grape molasses and carob molasses, is a traditional sweetener widely used in Turkey. The term molasses is actually not true for this sweetener. It’s not the molasses used in the US, Europe, or many other countries. Turkish molasses (or “pekmez”) is made by boiling the fruit. So in this post, whenever I say molasses, it means “our” kind of molasses.

Inspite of being a tahini-molasses lover (I especially like the tahini-molasses combination, and I used to consume enormous amounts of this combination on a slice of bread), I don’t like to use molasses in baked goods. In order to “healthify” my cakes, I attempted many times to use molasses instead of sugar, but it left my cakes with an unpleasant bitter taste.

So when my mum and her friend came up with the idea of “mollasses pudding” to make my sister gain weight (she was trying to gain weight by then), I immediately thought of this bitter taste and regarded it as a bas idea. How wrong I was!!!!

So ladies and gentlemen, this is the original recipe for the “Buddink”, as mum’s friend came up with. It may have too many calories inside, but it’s free of processed sugar and very nutritious, and also one of my favorite quick breakfast foods.

Actually, it was yesterday’s breakfast.

Because of my sister, we always have some “Buddink” in the refrigerator. So, it’s really easy to grab a bowl of buddink before leaving the house.

The “Buddink”


  • 1 lt milk
  • 1 cup mulberry molasses
  • 40 gr (1.4 oz) whole-wheat flour
  • 30 gr (1 oz) rice flour
  • 30 gr (1 oz) cocoa powder
  • 1 egg yolk
  • optional: 1-2 tablespoons butter


Mix all the ingredients except butter. Stir until no lumps of flour and egg can be seen.

Cook in medium heat while stirring.

After the pudding is boiled, cook for 3 more minutes and remove from heat.

Add butter, and stir.

Pour the pudding into bowls and keep them in the refrigerator.


  1. Pauline
    March 2, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Hi, I would love to make this for my children, when you say a cup of molasses can you tell me the amount in weight in says grams?
    Many thanks

    • March 23, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      Hey Pauline, it is about 340 grams. But I would recommend starting with 250 grams and adjusting it according to the sweetness of the mixture.
      - Ulya

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