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Different Takes on


Pastry chefs are aware that Greek pastries are gaining popu-

Here's a regional guide:

larity, and perhaps no Greek pastry is more in high demand

Greece: Legend has it that baklava is made with 33 layers of

than baklava.

fillo, referring to the years of Jesus Christ's life, or 40 layers for
the days of Lent. Flavorings range from cinnamon and cloves,

What is notable is that every country in the Middle East region

and baklava filling is walnuts or almonds, or sesame and poppy

has a baklava for which it is known, and countries fight over

seeds, depending which region of Greece you hail from. Overall,

who invented it. Baklava is a rich dessert popular around the

the dessert is classified as "extra-syrupy" to describe how it

holidays, traditionally made with buttered fillo dough, which is

is made, and how much cold syrup is poured over the freshly

layered with nuts and glazed with a sweet syrup.

baked buttered fillo.

But how baklava is prepared, what kind of nuts, fillings and

Armenia & Azerbaijan: ('pakhlava' and 'paklava') are made

spices, which type of syrup, and how much to apply (and

with walnuts or almonds and contain cinnamon and cloves. In

even the shape the pastry is cut) says a lot about one's

Azerbaijan, it is cut into a rhombus shape, and is served during

ethnic heritage. Assorted Baklava from Kontos Foods, which

Nowruz, a secular spring holiday.

provides hand-stretched artisan flatbreads and traditional
Mediterranean food, allows you to offer customers a cross-

Eastern Turkey: Baklava is traditionally made by filling between

cultural plate of pastries.

Ghee-brushed layers of dough with walnuts, hazelnuts or pistachios. It usually doesn't have the honey or spices like cinnamon

Each package comes with pieces of pastries including

or cloves of other baklavas, and is topped with a sweetened

classic baklava, Mediterranean nut rolls, bird's nest pastries

rose water.

- all made with Kontos Foods' signature fillo and kataifi
doughs. The classic baklava comes with chopped walnuts

Egypt: Buttered layers are filled with cashews.

Nut rolls come with walnuts, almonds, and spices baked

South-Central Asia: Cardamom, and in some regions, orange

in buttered layers of fillo, topped with a honey syrup; then

water are used to flavor the sweet syrup.

drizzled with chocolate and some slivered almonds. The bird's
nest pastries are also made with almonds and walnuts, and

Israel: Baklava is made with oil, rather than butter, and they use

then topped with crumbled pistachios.

cashews or almonds for their Kosher Pareve dessert.

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and almonds, then glazed with rosewater and honey syrup.

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