Baklava



Baklava is a very popular Turkish dessert made on the basis of the french dough (turkish yufka). As it is said the best one comes from Gaziantep, although baklava in its present form has evolved in the sultans kitchens of Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, where sultan treated the janissaries with this delicious sweet on the fifteenth day of Ramadan, during         a procession called the Baklava Alayı.

baklavaBaklava with pistachios



Baklava is made up of layers of  thin cake with chopped walnuts, almonds or pistachios and honey or syrup şöbiyet          (based on butter and sugar). It is topped with syrup or icing and sprinkled with unsalted pistachios.

 

Person specializing in making baklava is called Baklavaci. Preparation of this dessert is a test of abilities - dough must be both very thin and very durable. Standard baklava should consist of 40 layers of cake, but real champions can make it out of 100 layers. Well prepared baklava should not destroy in the hand, but disintegrate in the mouth accompanied with crunch of  pastry while eating.


Preparaiton-of-baklavaBaklavaci at work

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