Baklava, the queen of Turkish sweets

Baklava is probably the most famous Turkish dessert. A delicious and decadent delicacy that people have been enjoying for centuries. It is most commonly made from filo dough and chopped nuts, all soaked in a sweet sugar syrup.

Baklava dessert

Baklava can be prepared with various types of nuts. Traditional baklava is made with pistachios, but you can also use walnuts or almonds. The nuts are chopped and mixed with sugar, cinnamon, and other spices, and then layered between the filo dough. Making baklava can be time-consuming and requires some skill. However, the end result is worth the effort. The combination of sweet nut filling and delicate pastry is truly irresistible.

Baklava with nuts

The origin of baklava dates back to the Ottoman Empire, where it was first made in palace kitchens. The dish quickly gained popularity among the elite and eventually made its way to the streets, where it became a favorite treat for everyone. Baklava has also spread beyond the borders of Turkey. It is best enjoyed with a cup of Turkish tea or coffee. It is especially popular among lovers of very sweet desserts. I like to have it at the famous Hafız Mustafa pastry shop, which offers many different types of fillings. However, you can find baklava everywhere in Turkey.

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