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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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3rd race: 1 Target Acquired (Hadi Ebrahim Al Afoo, Mohammed Hassan, Maikol Arras); 2 Restaurateur (Husain Bukannan, Ramzi Al Baqlawa, Ali Al Saffar); 3 Al Burkn (TT) (Ahsan Ali Syed, Emad Hasan, Ali Hasan); 4 Noor Zabeel (B) (TT) (Ahsan Ali Syed, Emad Hasan, Kieran Fox).
7th race: 1 Scottish Storm (Fateel Brothers Syndicate, Rasem Mahdi, Alberto Sanna); 2 Tassel (Hadi Ebrahim Al Afoo, Mohammed Hassan, Maikol Arras); 3 Noor Zabeel (TT) (Ahasan Ali Syed, Ramzi Al Baqlawa, Gerald Avranche); 4 Viennese Verse (Al Nasseriyeh, A Smith, Brett Doyle).
La confection des gateaux traditionnels, notamment Makrout, Baqlawa et Ghribia, reste aussi une tradition populaire bien ancree a laquelle les meres de famille ne derogent pas.
Baklava (known here in Egypt as baqlawa ), holds many thin layers ofphyllopastry filled with syrup and nuts, and also believed to have arrived to the Middle East from Asia during the Ottoman period.
Knafa, Qatayif, Baqlawa and many others are also available.
Ingredients used for making Eid desserts such as Baqlawa, Duziriyat,
Once in shops, the manufactured sweets are used to make other local delicacies such as knafeh, madlouqa, othmaliye and baqlawa filled with nuts and pistachio.
They commented relentlessly but fondly as they sat together drinking tea and eating succulent baqlawa, (9) she as a hyphenated French-Algerian, he as a hyphenated Algerian-Canadian, on the years that had gone by, their hopes, the future.
4th race: 1 Tuffan (Mohammed Taher Ahmed, Ranzi Al Baqlawa, Saleem Ghoolam); 2 Chief Officer (B) (TT) Shahd A Jalil Salman, Jaffar Radhi, Hassan Al Saffar); 3 Scottish Storm (Fateel Brothers Syndicate, Basem Mahdi, Sadiq Hameed); 4 Lebresem (Sami Saloom, Sami Saloom, Adrian Macarthy).
3RD RACE: 1 Al Burkn (TT) (Ahsan Ali Syad, Ramzi Al Baqlawa, Kevin Derera); 2 William Blake (Al Naseriyeh, A Smith, Brett Doyle); 3 Mawaddah (Ali and Osama Syndicate, Taleb Ali, Hassan Al Saffar); 4 Mayfair Lad (TT) (Yunis Abdulhameed Ahmed, A Kuwaiti, Nader A Aziz).
Myownway, owned by Jenna Ebrahim Al Afoo, trained by Ramzi Al Baqlawa and ridden by Saleem Ghoolam, was the next biggest winner as it edged out another favorite Unex El Greco by a nose to win the Late Shaikh Rashid bin Isa Al Khalifa Cup for imported horses which carried a cash prize of BD3,000.
4th race: 1 Cipher (Al Nasseriyeh, A Smith, Adrie De Vries); 2 Altar (Fawzi Abdulla Nass, Fawzi Nass, Hussain Makki); 3 Beautiful Breeze (B) (Fawzi Abdulla Nass, Fawzi Nass, Mohammed Saeed); 4 Sizzling Fire (B) (Kumail A Jalil Al Mallah, Ramzi Al Baqlawa, Gerald Avranche).