Baklava is the most well-known dessert of Greece. Its popularity extends well beyond its borders and has become a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine.
Baklava is a layered sweet pastry made with 33 layers of phyllo. The specific number of phyllo layers has a religious connotation and signifies the 33 years of Christ’s life.
The dish is filled with crushed almonds and other nuts that are seasoned with cinnamon and other spices.
The pastry is baked and then rests in a bath of cinnamon infused honey. The baklava sits in the honey for several hours so that the phyllo absorbs as much honey as possible. The more the merrier!
The ready to serve baklava is served with…..well, nothing else at all!