Sweet breads or buns relates to different types of sweet, baked, yeast foods of which them main ingredient is flour. These differ from pastries, which are made from a paste like batter. They are also different from cakes, which are typically lighter and softer and almost foam like. They also contrast with doughnut, which are deep-fried.
The Maruk is the eastern Mediterranean version of sweet bread. It is widespread in Turkey, Greece, Cyprus and Syria. The Syrian version is rich and spiced with Prunus mahaleb, sesame seed and Nigella sativa.
Its main ingredients are plain flour, vegetable oil, yeast, sugar and water. It resembles the saffron bun from Cornwall.
It is widely used with breakfast, tea or as a dessert