How To Eat Baklava?
If you want to get the perfect taste, you should follow the rules that all people do it the same way in Gaziantep Turkey. We call it baklava ceremony.
Baklava ceremony effects to our 5 senses which are sight, touch, smell, sound and taste.
Heat Before Eat
If you want to taste the best baklava in perfect temperature, you should put it on a tray and heat it at the lowest level on cooker by turning it slowly about 5 minutes. You will start to smell the butter and pistachio.
Eat It by your hand
To get the texture of the thin filo of the baklava you should never use fork and knife. You should hold on with your two fingers.
Turn it Up Side Down
Baklava contains syrup and most of the syrup is at the down side of the baklava. In order to make he best tasting, you should turn it up side down and feel it at the roof of the mouth.
Hear The Crunchy Voice
When you bite the baklava, you should hear the crunchy voice in your mouth. If you hear it you can understand that it is a freshly baked baklava.
How Long Does Baklava Last?
Keep it covered in a container at room temperature for 1-2 weeks. Don’t store it in the refrigerator, its texture might change as sugar crystalizes and the dessert will lose its moistness.
Can I Freeze It?
Yes, you can freeze it. Bake it, pour the syrup over it and let it cool completely before placing it in the freezer. Keep it in small batches in freezer bags so that you don’t have to thaw all of them at once. Bring it out of the freezer in the refrigerator one day before you serve.
What To Serve With It?
We either serve it with Turkish tea or coffee, preferably with no sugar added as the dessert itself is already sweet enough.
Besides tea or coffee, some people love to pair their baklava with Turkish Ice Cream.
Best Baklava In Turkey
The best Turkish pistachios are produced in Gaziantep, which is a city in the south east of the country. So it’s not surprising that the best baklava is made in this city. It is also famous for its baklava masters. The phyllo leaves made by these masters are so thin that you can clearly see the object or person behind it.
If you ever happen to visit Gaziantep, you have to see the Baklava Museum there. You will enjoy watching how the masters make baklava. It is like a live show of making baklava. You should visit the baklava masters at the old town of the city which is called “Kalealtı” and “Elmaci Pazari” who are baking the best baklava for generations with old traditions.