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 walnuts, almonds, or pistachios.
Unsurprisingly, since the sweet dates back to at least the 15th century, there are many more varieties than that. One 19th-century recipe even calls for baklava filled with mashed beans. Though I didn't see that version on a recent trip to Istanbul, we did see (and taste) many other delectable versions. In each pastry, the basics are the same—phyllo dough, honey or sugar-sweetened water, butter, and filling—but oh, the varieties!
From coiled rings to cream filled bites, check out the slideshow to see all five variations on baklava that are worth a try.
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