February 8, 2008

Have You Ever Tasted Baklava?


Baklava or baklawa is a rich, sweet pastry featured in many cuisines of the former Ottoman countries. It is a pastry made of layers of phyllo dough filled with chopped walnuts or pistachios and sweetened with syrup or honey.
Baklava consists of 30 or more sheets of phyllo dough brushed with lots of butter, and layered with finely chopped pistachios, walnuts, and/or almonds. After baking, a syrup of honey, rose water and lemon juice (sometimes spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, etc) is poured over the pastry and allowed to soak in.
Gaziantep, a city in Turkey, is famous for its baklava and, in Turkey, is widely regarded as the native city of the dessert.



The history of baklava is not well-documented; but although it has been claimed by many ethnic groups, the best evidence is that it is of Central Asian Turkic origin, with its current form being developed in the imperial kitchens of the Topkapı Palace

6 comments:

Jocelyn said...

I like Baklava, although not a big fan..thanks for hopping by my blog. :)
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The Travel Beggar said...

Baklava is great!!
My old neighbor in New Orleans used to make it for us all the time for Christmas! My mom would exchange her for some of her great cuban Flan. No reason people in New Orleans have diet issues.
Anyways, I hope you dont mind me posting a comment on your blog, I am new to this blogging thing and I saw your blog and it made me remember those christmas parties.

John said...

It sounds delicious! Funny how the man in the picture isnt too thrilled eh?

aduu said...

Mmmm yummy delicacies!you have a great blog!visiting my blog plz...I love cook ,too.chinese food in my blog,hehe...

hangelbel said...

It looks delicious. Maybe, someday, I could taste one of those.

Dave Q. said...

Been a while since I've had some Baklava. This Greek restaurant in town serves it. I remember liking it, but I think I'm going to have to refresh my memory... :)