Baklava is a rich, sweet pastry which featured in many cuisines of the former Muslim Ottoman, Arab World and Iranian countries.
It is a pastry made of layers of phyllo dough filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey. It is of Central Asian Turkic origin, with its current form being developed in the imperial kitchens of the Ottoman Muslim Topkapı Palace in Turkey.
The word baklava entered English from Turkish.
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