Travel Photo of the Day: Baklava

Baklava recipes are relative to region

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Baklava comes in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Baklava is one of the most popular (if not one of the most delicious) Middle Eastern desserts. In its most basic form, baklava includes sheets of flakey phyllo pastry, a sweet filling, and syrup.

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Depending on where you are in this part of the world, though, the recipe changes. In Syria, for example, walnuts are a common baklava ingredient and pieces are oftentimes cut in lozenge pieces. However, in certain parts of Turkey, pistachio nuts, hazelnuts, and/or almonds might be layered between pastry sheets. Pistachios are also a common ingredient in Iran, where rosewater is also used in the baklava syrup.
Although this rich pastry can most certainly stand on its own, Turks sometimes eat their baklava with a clotted cream, fruit, or rice garnish.

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