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baklava recipe
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Baklava is a traditional Oriental dessert many ethnic groups have claimed as their own throughout the centuries, from the Middle East to Greece to Turkey. Although the origins remain contested, one thing is certain: Nothing beats homemade baklava.

This recipe has been in my family for generations and is passed on from mother to daughter with great pride and secrecy, like a sacred text. Much to the probable dismay of my ancestors, I’m letting you in on our secret. Don’t be intimidated by the dish’s many steps, it’s surprisingly simple. This recipe is pretty close to foolproof and downright delicious.