British tastes are ever-evolving, and a hunger for exotic foods has altered menus across the country over the past few decades. Always keeping ahead of the pudding game, Destiny Foods is about to launch its own baklava dessert. So, what is baklava and where does it come from?
Baklava is commonly believed to have come from the Assyrians at some point around the 8th century B.C. It was made by layering nuts with a simple, unleavened flat bread which was then drenched with honey. As only the wealthy could afford the luxury, baklava was considered a special dessert for people in the higher echelons of society. To this day in Turkey, a common phrase remains: “I am not rich enough to eat baklava every day!”
The basic ingredients include nuts, flat bread (phyllo) and syrup or honey. The different kinds of nuts or syrup used usually hint at the origin of the recipe. Syrup with rose water and cardamom would most likely come from an Arab country, whilst syrup with cinnamon and cloves are suggest Balkan origins.
Baklava spread to a number of countries all in relatively close proximity of each other, and in each evolved new techniques and recipes.
Keep a lookout for the release of Destiny Foods’ brand new baklava dessert in the first quarter of 2016.