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Welcome to Food Feuds, where we rate similar dishes from different countries to figure out who does it better!

What is Baklava?

Baklava is a dessert that features phyllo pastry, nuts, and a simple sugar syrup. In the world of desserts, baklava isn’t just a treat; it’s an experience. The delicate crunch, the nutty symphony, and the sweet sugary syrup. Many regions claim this dish as their own and have their personal twists on baklava.

The rivalry between Greek and Turkish food is unparalleled. I created a Food Feuds video, which has become one of the most popular on my channel, Kickin’ it with Sal. Many users informed me that both Turkey and Greece claim to be the original creators of baklava. I have also come to the conclusion that Turkey asserts ownership over many foods, whether they are genuinely the originators or have simply adopted them through colonization of much of the Middle East, claiming the cuisines of other regions simply because they can. Either way, I am a big fan of Turkish cuisine and think it is one of the best out there.

Sensory Analysis

Turkish Baklava Recipe– Ghee is spread on each sheet of phyllo dough to give the perfect crispy thin texture. Pistachios are the elite way to go when it comes to baklava as it brings so much flavor to the dessert. It doesn’t taste too nutty which can be overwhelming in a dish and the fact that the pistachios are even ground up makes it easier to eat.

Greek Baklava Recipe– Out of all the baklavas in the world, I find Greek baklava to be more fragrant. Through the use of cinnamon, clove and walnuts in their filling to the honey, cinnamon and orange peel in their simple syrup, this baklava hits you with a ton of flavor notes. Greek baklava is not shy about adding butter. Much like Turkish baklava, butter is spread between every few layers which creates the delicious texture; however, Greece adds layers of nuts throughout the baklava.


Syrian Baklava Recipe– What sets Syrian baklava apart is its regional variations and unique twists. The Syrian baklava spotlights the richness of pistachios, a crop for which Syria is renowned for. This baklava is all about the roughly chopped pistachio nuts. A lot of other recipes call for ground nuts, but I think this is what makes Syrian baklava top tier and stand out. The sweet aroma of the syrup, often infused with subtle floral undertones, adds an extra layer of sophistication.


Turkish Baklava

Turkish Baklava

Turkish Baklava is the overall winner. I had an enjoyable time eating this crisp pastry. It had a simple design and I think ground pistachios is the way to go in creating a stable piece of baklava. I had a hard time figuring out which one I liked better. All of these versions of baklava offer unique characteristics and I think if I combined some techniques from each of this version, I could create one of the best baklavas out there. Does anyone want to see me create that?


My Mom’s Baklava Recipe- This was not rated in the video because I didn’t want to be bias. This is my mom’s recipe that she learned from a Sudanese lady. It was the true winner but I didn’t think to add it in the video because this recipe combines techniques from multiple nations.


Food Feuds Disclaimer‼️‼️⚠️ the real truth on the #baklava episode. Coconut Cinnamon Walnuts Unsalted butter Phyllo dough Sugar syrup Sugar Water Lemon

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