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 (bä′klə-vä′, bä′klə-vä′)
A dessert made of paper-thin layers of pastry, chopped nuts, and honey.

[Ultimately (partly via Greek and Armenian) from Ottoman Turkish, possibly colloquial alteration of baklavī, chain mail (perhaps because a tray of baklava cut into lozenges somewhat resembles chain mail), from Ottoman naval jargon bakla, chain link, from Ottoman Turkish bakla, fava bean (the oblong shape of a chain link being likened to that of a bean), from Arabic baqla, leguminous plant, from baqala, to sprout; akin to Akkadian baqālu, to malt, sprout, and Ge'ez baqwala, to sprout.]


(ˈbɑːkləˌvɑː) or


(Cookery) a rich cake of Middle Eastern origin consisting of thin layers of pastry filled with nuts and honey
[from Turkish]


(ˈbɑ kləˌvɑ, ˌbɑ kləˈvɑ)

a Greek and Middle Eastern pastry made of many layers of paper-thin dough with a filling of ground nuts, baked and drenched in honey.
[1815–25; < Turkish]
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Noun1.baklava - rich Middle Eastern cake made of thin layers of flaky pastry filled with nuts and honeybaklava - rich Middle Eastern cake made of thin layers of flaky pastry filled with nuts and honey
pastry - any of various baked foods made of dough or batter
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On doit debourser davantage pour d'autres varietes notamment les makrout louz, baklawa, dziryat ou autres.
Another blogger, writing under the moniker of Baklawa, said that the bride should file for divorce.
Diners will be able to break their fast with appetizers such as herb-crumbed stuffed roasted peppers, salads, soups, pumpkin and feta cannelloni, lamb kleftico and moussaka and a selection of desserts including Moroccan pastries, baklawa and tiramisu.
Having eaten so heartily we took our time finishing our soft drinks and despite perusing the dessert menu we couldn't be tempted by the baklawa pastry, the Lebanese cheesecake or the chocolate and raspberry tart (all PS3.
It is not Ramadan or Eid --when sweets become a staple in Yemenis' diet to break the ritual fasting that accompanies the holy holiday month and its celebration afterwards--but at the well-known Glaise shop for sweets in the Bab Al-Subbah area near Al Tahrir Square in the heart of Sana'a, people still wander in to either gawk at or sample the baklawa, rawani, qataf or shoubia treats on display in the shop's window.
As the San Fernando Valley's premiere Middle Eastern grocery store, Sabzee Market offers a vast array of popular foods such as hummus, baba ghannouj, falafel, and an array of sweet, authentic deserts like Turkish delight and baklawa.
Moreover, the endless variety of sweets such as Kunafah, Baklawa and local Halwas, ice creams and other traditional snacks available at Syria, UAE, Tunisia and other pavilions were extremely tempting.
Omar agrees, and recommends two delicacies: baklawa -- made of layers of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey -- the modern incarnation of which is said to have been developed in the Topkapi Palace in Ottoman Turkey; and maamoul, the saccharine oval-shaped cookie made from a mixture of flour, semolina and rosewater filled with walnuts, pistachios or dates.
The collection includes traditional Middle Eastern sweets such as dates, maamul and baklawa, plus handmade chocolates filled with exotic flavours such as Arabic coffee, rose water and halawi.
He pointed first at the baklawa and then at the makrout behind the glass.
The restaurant will also offer Arabic and Continental desserts like um ali, osmaliya, baklawa, chocolate mousse, assorted traditional cakes and delicious fresh fruits.
The collection offers regional sweets such as dates, Maamoul and Baklawa in their traditional form as well as with the ChoCo'a touch, dipped in exquisite Belgian chocolate, said the family-owned manufacturer and retailer of chocolate products and confectionery.