Here is a Turkey Delight that will water your mouth this Ramadan!!! Wonder where I can taste one and share one with memories that are everlasting!!! Well, the sweet is sweet!!! And, that is BAKLAVA!!!
A sweet delight from the Turkey Muslims prepared specially during the Ramadan season using phyllo pastry sheets, filled with sweetened chopped nuts in sugar syrup and baked to ready to eat!!! And to add flavour are lemon juice or spices and honey with or without rosewater…..Baklava is then baked and cut into different shapes to be served as a dessert.
Melts in the mouth when served hot and is all different when served cold with a scoop of ice cream!!! But for Ramadan, is a hot sweet that is more preferred!!!
Well as I read through various resources, I understand the spread of this sweet savoury to Middle East, Arab, Greek and Albania.
There are different varieties of Baklava:
- Cinnamon and Nuts Baklava
- Quick Crescent Baklava
- Easy Baklava
- Chocolate Baklava
- Santorini Sublime Baklava
- Sezak’s Baklava
- Pistachio Baklava
- Fig and Cardamom Baklava in Lemon Syrup
A Very simple way to cook Baklava!!!
Prepare the phyllo sheets by spreading them into the baking tray and spreading enough butter. Layer the fillings and top with some more phyllo sheets and alternate with layers or prepare a single layered Baklava!!! Cut them, bake and when hot top with sugar syrup and with desired flavour before serving…after 12 hours…
To add some more info for how Baklava becomes a tradition of Ramadan in Turkey that my colleague shared: A dish that they used to share with poorer Muslims than them in their country when they break the fast by the end of the day with other food prepared to end the fast by dusk….Furthermore she added that she is not thinking that I am poorer than her but is wanting to share her culture of Ramadan to me….
HAPPY RAMADAN SEASON!!!!