Baklavalicious

Words by Dalene Heck / Photography by Pete Heck
As part of our “Do It Yourself – Turkish Cooking” series, I have mentioned to a couple of Turks that I wanted to try making baklava.

They both laughed at me. Mocked me a little, even.

Apparently these little pastry-bundles-of-goodness require quite the skilled hand and a lot of patience. Our Turkish friend Güneş says that in her 60+ years on this earth, she has tried several times and never been successful.

Normally I would take such statements as a challenge and go to great lengths to Prove. Them. Wrong. But in this case, I decided to just do research to find the best baklava spot in town. Which was hard work, too. Trust me.

The winner! Delicious Gondol, of which we have become frequent patrons.

I decided to do the research to find the best baklava spot in town.

Baklava

Mmmm….Get out of that pan, and into my mouth.

Baklava

There is debate between the Greeks and Turks over who invented baklava. I honestly don’t care. I just want to eat it.

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Chocolate + Baklava. I never knew before that such goodness existed in the world. This is by far my favorite.

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  • I know that Baklava are essentially diabetes in dessert form, but they taste so good, I can’t bring myself to care! I’ve never had chocolate baklava before, but boy does it ever look good!
    Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) recently posted..East or West, which is best?

    • May 5 2012

      I had never even HEARD of chocolate baklava before. And YES, it is THAT good!

  • May 4 2012

    Good god. I thought we were settled in our riad for the evening, but now I’m convinced we have to hit the streets of Marrakech to find some sweets.

  • May 4 2012

    I love the food making series! I haven’t had baklava with chocolate – yet.
    Ayngelina recently posted..Food Friday: How to make poke

    • May 5 2012

      Add it to your list of must-eats. You can thank me later.

  • May 4 2012

    We are eating these exact things that we bought in the Albaicyn area in Granada earlier today. No chocolate ones though!

    • May 5 2012

      Hope they were as good as ours! And you MUST find some chocolate ones! So good!

  • A Montrealer Abroad
    May 4 2012

    Oh my. How am I supposed to go on now that I know there is such a thing as chocolate baklavas?

    • May 5 2012

      It’s tough. I know. Imagine us – having to leave it all behind so soon….

  • May 5 2012

    just want to share that the filipino word for gay is “bakla” i thought this article is about gays and the word “baklavalicious” is a gay lingo. but i was surprised to see that baklava is a FOOD! and it looks really really good! its a very mouth watering delight. i wish i can try it. \(>_<)/ i want to try the chocolate

    • Pete
      May 7 2012

      Interesting, it’s amazing the meaning of words in other languages. Yes, the chocolate ones are by far the best.

  • Ryan Galloway
    May 4 2012

    Outstanding Pete! Plus with all of your travel adventuring, you probably get enough exercise to avoid the waistline expansion 🙂

    • May 5 2012

      You would THINK we’d be doing enough to stop the waistline from expanding…sadly, that is not the case these days. 🙁

  • May 5 2012

    Chocolate baklava?!? OM NOM NOM!
    Amanda recently posted..Photo Essay: Castlepoint, NZ

    • May 5 2012

      Exactly. Dessert does not get much better than this!

  • May 5 2012

    You had me at baklava, and then especially at chocolate baklava.

    • May 5 2012

      I knew that this post would hook a few people in. 🙂

  • May 5 2012

    That’s it. I am biking (or maybe I should walk?!) into town and getting more chocolate baklava NOW. Damn you two!!!!!!!!
    Kirsten recently posted..Seduced by Rome

    • Pete
      May 7 2012

      I won’t argue if you want to go and get us some more 🙂 We might own stock in that company by now.

  • May 6 2012

    Oh dear, I want to try those chocolate baklavas! I feel so hungry right now. Only baklavas can fill this.

  • May 6 2012

    Ok, I must be the weird one, I don’t actually like baklava. I loved so much other Turkish food though!
    Ali recently posted..Weekly Photo – My Favorite Salsa

    • Pete
      May 7 2012

      Wha? Seriously? Dalene says this will affect your friendship 😉

  • May 6 2012

    Chocolate and bakhlava – sounde like a match made in heaven!

    • Pete
      May 7 2012

      It is indeed, no matter how much of the stuff we buy, we can’t keep it around for more than a day. It’s almost magic how fast it disappears.

  • May 6 2012

    I find baklava so sweet and it amazes me that people go crazy over it. Hubby eats it by the bucket full!

    • Pete
      May 7 2012

      Agreed, it is super sweet. I can only have 1 piece after a meal otherwise it seems to weigh me down.

  • Damn you for showing me such sweet, sugary goodness at an hour of the day when (a) I have no business eating sweets and (b) it’s too early to go out and get baklava! These posts should come with warning labels…

    • Pete
      May 7 2012

      Ahhh, sorry Bret. We should have put the disclaimer on the post. But I have to ask at what time of day is there ‘no business eating sweets’? That’s foolishness 🙂

  • May 6 2012

    I’m a big fan of all these gooey Turkish treats – we kept buying boxes of pastries and Turkish delight when we were there.

    • Pete
      May 7 2012

      The sweets are a big part of there culinary delights. Dalene is not a big fan of the Turkish delight, but I indulge. To balance the diet of sweets I buy some dried fruit and like to think that it’s helping my waistline. One can hope right?

  • May 7 2012

    “There is debate between the Greeks and Turks over who invented baklava. I honestly don’t care. I just want to eat it.” – So true. This dessert is so tasty and delicious!

  • May 7 2012

    sounds yummy- we don’t have that many turkish restaurants in LA- but I must hunt down one to try that chocolate thing. looks amazing!

    • May 8 2012

      It is a little taste of heaven, to be sure. Good luck in finding it!

  • Snackbox
    May 7 2012

    I just licked my laptop screen. Sadly, the pics didn’t taste as good as they look.

    Care to ship some of that yummy chocolate baklava goodness to #yyc? 😉

    • May 8 2012

      A delicious Turkish Snackbox shipped to my favorite Canadian Snackbox?! What an idea! 🙂

  • May 8 2012

    Love the Turkish treats!!!

  • May 8 2012

    Hang on. I’ll be right over. You guys clearly need some help on your baklava hunt. 🙂

    • May 9 2012

      The hunt is over, we are now just gorging on all the goodies we’ve found. So yes, you could come and help with that too. 🙂

  • I LOVE a good, homemade Baklava. I used to have some family members (related by marriage) from Macedonia, and I have never found better baklava than what Baba used to make.
    Stephanie – The Travel Chica recently posted..A Roving Wine Tasting in Buenos Aires

    • May 9 2012

      I want a Baba that makes me baklava! 🙂

  • May 9 2012

    I also discovered chocolate baklava when I was in Turkey, and my friends and I still talk about it……DELICIOUS!

    • May 9 2012

      It is becoming a problem. I need one piece a day (at least).

  • May 9 2012

    Looks out of this world delicious and fantastic close up shots too.

  • MMMMMM I so want some Baklava now! As soon a I get out of these small Australian towns (which are awesome,,but still), I am going to get me some!

  • Majida
    May 13 2012

    mouthwatering picture- beautiful!!

  • May 23 2012

    Wow, I am gutted that I was in Istanbul for 4 days and completely missed the chocolate Baklava – sigh! Anyway, I ate enough Baklava to feed a small country and it was just delicious. LOVE the photos too!
    Hmm, feeling peckish now…

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