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A Middle Eastern favourite, baklava is made with layers of buttered filo pastry filled with chopped nuts (walnuts, almonds or pistachios), sugar and spices. The pastry is cut into triangles or squares, baked, then doused in honey or lemon juice syrup. Baklava is thought to have been introduced by the Armenian Christians—the 40 sheets of filo used to make it were said to symbolize the 40 days of Lent. Serve with a strong coffee and a glass of water or as a dessert.
Also known as — baklawa