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Baklava is a sweet pastry made up of several layers of phyllo dough layered with chopped nuts or pistachios and sweetened with honey or syrup.

Baklava comes in numerous shapes, sizes, and flavors.

Bulbul Yuvasi (Nightingale’s Nest)
Pictured above on the top of the plate with a walnut on top, is called, Nightingale’s Nest. The name comes from the circular ring/nest shape of the phyllo dough. This one is filled with nuts and always contains something in the hallow part. This time it was topped with a walnut.

 

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Sütlü Nuriye
Similar to traditional baklava, Sütlü Nuriye (pictured above) doesn’t have nuts and contains milk instead of syrup, giving it a whitish look along with a lighter and creamier taste.

Supposedly this baklava was a result of the Coup d’etat in 1980. The economy was bad and due to a supply shortage, rather than using expensive pistachios people got creative and started to use cheaper ingredients like milk to produce baklava.