6 Dec

Discover Authentic Turkish Cuisine: The Baklava

Welcome once again to our series, Discover Authentic Turkish Cuisine, where we invite you to embark on this journey through the world of traditional Turkish food. In this edition, we turn our attention to a beloved Turkish dessert that has been around for centuries, and is now considered as a staple dish for dessert: the Baklava.

1. Baklava is a renowned Turkish dessert with a history dating back centuries

Baklava holds a treasured place in Turkish culinary heritage, with its roots tracing back to many years ago. This dessert has delighted generations with its delicate layers of dough and nut filling, creating a symphony of flavours that has stood the test of time.

2. It is made by layering thin sheets of ‘phyllo’ dough and filling them with a mixture of chopped nuts

At the heart of Baklava lies the process of layering thin, delicate sheets of phyllo dough. Each layer is carefully brushed and topped up with butter, allowing them to meld together. Between these layers,  a mixture of finely chopped nuts is included. This infuses the dessert with a rich and ‘nutty’ essence.

3. The most commonly used nuts in Baklava are pistachios or walnuts.

The filling of Baklava generally consists of pistachios and walnuts. Their distinctive flavours and textures provide perfectly complement layers of phyllo dough, adding depth and complexity. The choice of nuts may vary, but the result is always a delicious finish to the Baklava! 

4. After baking, Baklava is soaked in a sugar syrup flavoured with rose or orange blossom water.

To further elevate its taste, the freshly baked Baklava is generally bathed in a sweet and fragrant sugar syrup. This syrup, often made up with essences of rose or orange blossom water, brings out further the sweetness of this dessert, whilst balancing out its nutty richness. The process allows the syrup to seep into the dough layers, ensuring sweetness and moist and succulent taste.

5. Baklava is enjoyed during celebrations and special occasions in Turkish culture.

Baklava holds a cherished place in Turkish culture. The dessert is synonymous with celebrations and special occasions. The dessert symbolises abundance, happiness, and the spirit of togetherness. 

6. Different regions in Turkey have their own variations of Baklava, showcasing local ingredients and techniques.

Being popular in Turkey and beyond, the Baklava dessert may vary across different regions. Each region boasts its own unique interpretation of this sweet delicacy. Some regions also include their own local ingredients and techniques. 

7. At Posh Turkish, our chefs prepare it fresh, every day!

At Posh Turkish, our chefs take pride in preparing the finest baklava on the island, freshly prepared with passion and precision every day! Using only the finest and freshest ingredients, Baklava is prepared with alongside other desserts such as the Bulbul.  

Don’t worry, we will delve into detail about these Turkish desserts in our upcoming articles!

As we conclude our exploration of the Baklava, we hope to see you trying our Baklava during your next visit to Posh Turkish! Share this article with friends and family, inviting them to experience the authenticity and rich heritage of Turkish cuisine. Stay connected with us through our newsletter and follow us on social media to be among the first to learn about our upcoming special offers tailored for Baklava enthusiasts like yourself. 

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