from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A dessert made of paper-thin layers of pastry, chopped nuts, and honey.

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  • n. A popular sweet pastry found in many cuisines of the Middle East and the Balkans, made of chopped nuts layered with phyllo pastry.

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  • n. rich Middle Eastern cake made of thin layers of flaky pastry filled with nuts and honey


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition


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From Turkish baklava.


  • In the Middle East, the term baklava can be used as a catch-all for syrup-soaked desserts.

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  • Save plenty of room for Arabic pastries called batlawa (the Greeks call it baklava) from Shatila in Dearborn, as much a bakery as a local gathering spot for families.


  • The baklava is cut in generous portions and other Turkish specialties like kounafa (like cheesecake with a chewy exterior) or havlah (sort of like an almond or walnut fudge) are delicious and often free to sample.

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  • It’s true that dishes that struck me as most intensely authentic during my time there were authentic versions of someone else’s food — the baklava from the Druse villages near Haifa, or the Yemenite stews at the restaurant near my bus stop in Jerusalem.

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  • It was challenging, although our baklava was a big hit.

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  • Yes, the food was delicious, and yes, the baklava was a hit.

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  • She probably wouldn't have been as terrified if they had been wearing baklava, which is how I originally read that sentence.

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  • Some of the food there overlaps the Greek food that I grew up with, in particular dolmades, which are stuffed grape leaves, and baklava, which is a sweet dessert.

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  • MCINTYRE: The charge sheet for Senior Airman Ahmad al-Halabi lists dozens of security breaches, everything from downloading classified information to his laptop computer from a secure system, to gathering over 180 electronic version of written notes from prisoners, to delivering unauthorized food, namely baklava pastries.

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  • The baklava was a positive note on which to end the meal, however how does one make a bad baklava?

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