This Ayran-Black Forest with bacon is definitely not everybody´s piece of cake. Thus for sure it is a one of a kind culture clash. I know it is so contentious, since bacon is not quite the ingredient one would use for cooking in the regions, where ayran is typically served. But why not with a German piece of cake?
The idea for this dessert was born a while ago and actually meant to be in my Bowl Stories cookbook, but since the deadline for printing is so close, there was just no time left to wait for the first harvest. I always love to make combinations of rather different things and that is what led me here. Black Forest cake is so German, whereas ayran has a strong connection to Turkey for me. Sure the bacon followed last minute, but these were the basics. I liked to imagine a slightly salty and sour flavor to go with the Kirsch and cherries. In the end I was just missing the extra bit of savory flavor and it occurred to me to use the half used package of bacon in my fridge.
Germany and Turkey are not only good to be on the same plate, but since we live together so close here in Berlin, why not creating an ultimate mix of cultures for a treat.