Baklava – A Sweet History

Posted by Aybla Grill Greek Mediterranean Food on Monday, March 11, 2019

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Finish your meal with Aybla Grill’s baklava for dessert!

If you find yourself craving a little something sweet after your delicious meal, Aybla Grill has a treat for you. Try our delicious baklava, available at our restaurant. Treat yourself to a tasty sweet! This dessert is the perfect treat to follow up the Greek or Mediterranean dishes Aybla Grill offers.

What is baklava?

Baklava is a rich, sweet dessert pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey. It is characteristic of the cuisines of the Levant, the Caucasus, Balkans, Maghreb, and of Central and West Asia.

History of baklava

The history of this dish is not well documented, so pinning down an exact history is difficult. It is thought that its current form was probably developed in the imperial kitchens of the Topkapı Palace in Istanbul. The Sultan presented trays of baklava to the Janissaries every 15th of the month of Ramadan in a ceremonial procession called the Baklava Alayı. There are three possible sources for the pre-Ottoman roots of baklava: the Roman placenta cake, as developed through Byzantine cuisine, the Central Asian Turkic tradition of layered breads, or the Persian lauzinaq.

The oldest recipe, dating back to the 2nd century BCE, that resembles a similar dessert is the honey covered baked layered-dough dessert placenta of Roman times. Certain scholars, such as Patrick Faas, claim to be the origin of baklava. Baklava is one of the dishes that is claimed by both Greeks and Turks as their original dish. Similar dishes are found in both Turkish and Greek histories. Neither dish is exactly the same as what we today consider baklava, so the exact history remains a mystery.

Enjoy baklava at Aybla Grill

Regardless of its origins, baklava remains a favorite sweet dish in many different cultures. Here in Portland you can find some of the best baklava locally at Aybla Grill!

Visit Aybla Grill soon! Our new Greek Mediterranean restaurant is open 6 days a week for both lunch and dinner with indoor and outdoor seating. Satisfy your craving for Greek and Mediterranean foods at Aybla Grill. Contact or call us at 971-328-2041 for catering.


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