Crescent rolls are dressed up with a Middle Eastern flair in this easy-to-prepare baklava. A sweet honey and walnut mixture is a match made in heaven for the flaky, buttery dough.
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We're big fans of the butter-laden, brilliantly spiced pastries at Sofra Bakery and Cafe, but the Boston area's most celebrated Middle Eastern bakery is also its youngest. There's a cluster of traditional Levantine sweets shops that have been pedaling gorgeously flaky baklava and nutty-rich ma'amoul for decades with an equally loyal following.
Calling for peanuts, pistachios and walnuts as filling, and rosewater syrup to pour over, this baklava is crisp, layered, and not too sweet.
Three kinds of nuts in the filling and a soaking in rosewater syrup makes this a Middle Eastern gem.
Everyone knows baklava, that pastry which layers crispy phyllo dough with a sweet, nutty filling. But most of us know only the traditional variety: rectangular pastries filled with a mixture of almonds and walnuts. Unsurprisingly, since the sweet dates back to at least the 15th century, there are many more varieties than that.
Pan Hellenic Pastry Shop doesn't have all the over-the-top Athenian accoutrements of some of its Greektown neighbors: no blue and white tile motif, no mural of the Parthenon, no flaming cheese served tableside. But what it does have is some of the best baklava in the city, featuring dozens of layers of flaky phyllo that crack and wilt into one syrupy, nutty bite.
There is no graceful way to eat pastries from Poseidon Bakery. Honey gets all over one's fingers and flakes of dough fall on the table and the floor.
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[Photos: Sara Markel-Gonzalez] Want More? View more Queens roundups » If you love baklava as much as I do, then you will appreciate this week's post. What's not to love about a layered, flaky, buttery, and nut-filled pastry? I...
Wafa’s Authentic Mediterranean Food is an apt name for this tiny Forest Hills storefront. But this joint could just as well be called Wafa's Soul Food or Wafa's Home Cooking because that's exactly the type of grub you'll find...