About National Baklava Day
Baklava is a sweet pastry made from layers of phyllo dough filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey. It is a traditional dessert that is believed to have originated in the Ottoman Empire, which covered much of the Middle East, North Africa, and Eastern Europe. The origins of baklava can be traced back to the ancient Mesopotamians, Persians, and Central Asians, but it is most closely associated with the cuisines of the Ottoman Empire.
There are many variations of baklava found in different countries and regions. For example, in Greece, it is made with honey and walnuts, while in Turkey it is made with pistachios and sweetened with syrup. In the Middle East, it is often made with pistachios or almonds, and sweetened with honey.
Baklava was traditionally made to celebrate special occasions such as weddings, religious festivals, and the harvest. The preparation of baklava was considered an art, and it was often made by skilled pastry chefs known as "baklava masters".
Today, baklava is a beloved dessert enjoyed in many countries around the world, and it continues to be a symbol of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean culinary traditions.