from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

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  • noun 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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  • noun 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.


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

    Basbousa - Semolina (Sooji) Cake with Rose Syrup 2007

  • 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.

    Detroit 2008

  • 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.

    Shop That Street: Atlantic Avenue Destinations The Huffington Post News Team 2010

  • 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.

    Israeli salad in California 2009

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

    Filo Tips and Recipe for Greek Leek Pie – Prasopita (Πρασόπιτα) Laurie Constantino 2008

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

    History is Written by the Victors princessalethea 2008

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

    Real Genealogists Don't Wear Ski Masks 2007

  • 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.

    LLD episode 4 uploaded jlundberg 2006

  • 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.

    CNN Transcript Sep 24, 2003 2003

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

    Recent Reviews Near San Francisco, CA 2010


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