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There is one thing that guarantees deliciousness, and that's an unhealthy amount of butter. It dresses up toast, elevates pasta, and brings out the decadence of dessert. And baklava is no exception, with its layers of phyllo pastry drenched in butter and spiced lemon syrup.
Popular in Greece and Turkey, baklava consists of alternating layers of paper-thin phyllo dough, chopped nuts, spices and butter. Lots and lots of butter. After the pastry gets baked to achieve its flaky golden crust, honey-lemon syrup is generously drizzled on top, permeating the dessert until sticky. The dessert -- which you can make yourself, with this trusty recipe from Alton Brown -- is then cut into triangles or squares and served.
Once considered an aphrodisiac for its principal ingredients, honey and pistachios, baklava might no longer be believed to stimulate desire, but it's still capable of enticing the appetite.
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