bak·​la·​va | \ ˈbä-klə-ˌvä How to pronounce baklava (audio) , ˌbä-klə-ˈvä How to pronounce baklava (audio) \

Definition of baklava

: a dessert made of thin pastry, nuts, and honey

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Greek Fest Souvlaki, baklava, honey puffs, gyros, lamb, chicken — all the great tastes of Greece will be served up at the popular festival, Friday through Sunday at State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St., West Allis. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "9 things you should be doing in Milwaukee this weekend, possibly Milwaukee's busiest weekend ever," 20 June 2019 There will be food galore: homemade baklava, gyros, spanakopita, pastitsio, lamb sliders, Greek coffee, honey puffs and more. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Opa! Greek festival to offer food, music, dancing this weekend in Troy," 17 June 2019 But the recipe that really bowled me over was the chef Einat Admony’s easy baklava. Margaux Laskey, The Seattle Times, "Wrap up one of these sweet cookbooks for the home bakers in your life," 11 Dec. 2018 Sticky, sweet baklava, the treat of countless kebab shops, is elegantly reconfigured with walnut and warm apricot and a swipe of fresh farmer’s cheese. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "Restaurant Review: Ori Menashe’s Bavel Pushes Mideast Cuisine to New Heights," 21 June 2018 Offerings of more spinach and butternut squash soon vanish, too, and the whole thing ends not with a Zimbabwean sweet but with tiny crisp triangles of baklava and ice cream. Grant Cornett, Vogue, "The Rise of Refugee Cuisine—a Food-World Trend to Feel Good About," 17 Aug. 2018 There’s no mystery in baklava, that honeyed bite of shatterglass phyllo dough. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: New Dominion restaurant Acú Bistro Bar aims high but misses a few," 7 June 2018 And for those who already clearly know their moussaka, their tzatziki and their baklava, this is just like home. Joan Cary, Aurora Beacon-News, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Basil’s Greek Dining in Aurora," 8 July 2018 Her baklava is an alternative Georgian version, paglava, that resembles a babka wrapped in crisp pastry, and her oozing chocolate doughnut holes are Middle Eastern only in the hint of rosewater. Jonathan Gold,, "At Middle Eastern restaurants, it all starts with hummus. Jonathan Gold says Bavel's is magnificent," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of baklava

1902, in the meaning defined above

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