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[bah-kluh-vah, bah-kluh-vah] /ˈbɑ kləˌvɑ, ˌbɑ kləˈvɑ/
a Near Eastern pastry made of many layers of paper-thin dough with a filling of ground nuts, baked and then drenched in a syrup of honey and sometimes rosewater.
Also, baklawa
[bah-kluh-vah, bah-kluh-vah] /ˈbɑ kləˌvɑ, ˌbɑ kləˈvɑ/ (Show IPA)
1815-25; < Turkish Unabridged
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Examples from the web for baklava
  • Filo dough, which is used to make baklava, is also used in many dishes.
  • If you drink coffee and eat baklava only, day after day you are going to run out of it sooner or later.
  • Be sure to leave room for dessert, which could be a variety of pie choices, baklava or bread pudding.
  • Desserts fall into two categories: baklava and milk-based.
British Dictionary definitions for baklava


a rich cake of Middle Eastern origin consisting of thin layers of pastry filled with nuts and honey
Word Origin
from Turkish
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Word Origin and History for baklava

1650s, from Turkish.

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Encyclopedia Article for baklava

rich Turkish, Greek, and Middle Eastern pastry of phyllo (filo) dough and nuts. Phyllo is a simple flour-and-water dough that is stretched to paper thinness and cut into sheets, a process so exacting that it is frequently left to commercial manufacturers. For baklava, 30 or 40 sheets of phyllo, each brushed liberally with melted butter, are layered in a baking pan with finely chopped walnuts, pistachios, or almonds. After the pastry is baked it is drenched with a syrup of honey and lemon juice. Cinnamon, ground cloves, cardamom, or rosewater may flavour either the filling or the syrup.

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