Indulge your sweet cravings at Caspian Bistro and Marketplace, where a delightful selection of Persian and Greek Baklava awaits! Join us on a flavorful journey as we delve into the rich history and culinary craftsmanship behind these beloved pastries.
Originating from the kitchens of the Ottoman Empire, these pastries are made of numerous layers of dough and a medley of nuts. While there are various hypotheses around the origin of Baklava, there is no consensus on which of these is true. Historically, Baklava was saved for celebratory occasions owing to the intricate skill to make it and the high price of essential ingredients like honey, sugar, and nuts. Baklava became a cultural symbol of luxury and wealth in Persian Culture. As time went on, it became a beloved treat across the Middle East and today it spans the globe. Today, Baklava is often served on special occasions and celebrations, such as the Persian New Year (Nowruz) or at weddings. Persian Baklava pairs nicely with a cup of herbal tea or freshly brewed coffee, intensifying and bringing out the best of all flavors.
Persian Baklava (Photo Courtesy of: ahueats.com)
Staying true to its roots, Persian Baklava at Caspian is crafted with paper-thin layers of Filo dough, generously filled with the buttery rich flavors of chopped walnuts, almonds, and pistachios. The savory Persian syrup is delicately infused with flavors of rosewood and saffron and brushed with ghee (clarified butter) to create a light and crispy bite.
Greek Baklava (Photo Courtesy of: silkroadrecipes.com)
The origins of Greek Baklava are not too different from those of the Persian dessert. The Ottoman Empire heavily influenced Greek cuisine and their culinary heritage. Similar to the Persian delicacy, the Greek Baklava is often enjoyed during festive occasions such as weddings, Easter, and other celebrations. Greek Baklava is commonly associated with generosity and hospitality. Its popularity grew once Greek bakers started to incorporate a sweeter taste profile with ingredients like honey and walnuts.
Now, Greek Baklava puts a sugary twist on this iconic pastry. While it does share the signature ultra-fine Filo dough layers and nut filling, it’s infused with a cinnamon and sweet syrup made up of a combination of honey, sugar, water, and a sprinkle of lemon juice. The syrup is poured over the baked pastry, creating a crunchy, sticky, and sweet coating to the finished product.
Despite these two having common origins, they have distinct characteristics. Persian Baklava is lighter in texture and has more flakiness to it, while Greek Baklava has a richer, denser, and sweeter profile due to the inclusion of honey.
Caspian Bistro Baklava Platter, with both Persian & Greek Baklava
At Caspian Bistro, we can offer you the best of both worlds by creating a variety platter for you in our gourmet market. Whether you prefer the delicate sweetness of Greek Baklava or the rich, nutty flavors of Persian Baklava, you are in for a sweet journey.
But don’t just take our word for it, hear what our customers have to say: “It’s got that perfect crisp-vs.-gooey contrast”, “Varieties of Baklava to die for”, “Best choices of Baklava in the area”, “The Persian and Turkish Baklava is out of this world”...
For an even more indulgent experience, pair your Baklava with a steaming cup of our signature House tea or a refreshing scoop of homemade saffron and pistachios ice cream, adding a touch of delight to your culinary adventure!
Immerse yourself in the cultural significance and uncover the unparalleled artistry of Baklava at Caspian Bistro and Marketplace. With its rich history, cultural significance, and exquisite flavors, Baklava is more than just a dessert, it's a celebration of tradition, craftsmanship, and the joy of sharing delicious moments with loved ones. Nestled in the heart of Caspian, where dining transcends mere "eating out," treat yourself to a taste of sweet perfection - visit us today!