Baklava (Μπακλαβάς)

Greek Baklava

Greek Baklava

Before our Mia Kouppa launch about 7 months ago, we established a few goals and rules to keep us focused, and on track.  Our goals included increasing our reach (that’s blog speak for people seeing our stuff) every week, learning all about Tweeting and Pinning, and being invited to appear on Ellen.  Some goals are clearly more attainable than others.  As for the rules, we decided that we would post twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays), not talk about our blog incessantly to friends, family and strangers, and never use the descriptors “THE BEST ever”, “THE MOST delicious”, “THE WORLD’S greatest”, in reference to any recipes we shared.  How could we make such bold assertions? We are not that worldly…but baklava is!

Baklava is one of the most popular and delicious Greek desserts, and it is also an international favourite; there are variations of this sweet treat in many middle Eastern and European countries.  Lucky for us (and you), baklava may be the easiest dessert you will ever make.  Truly, there is actually no way you can mess this up.  Even if you tried, we don’t think you could ruin it.  It is impervious to destruction.  It is less baking and more assembling. If you were really committed, we suppose you could burn it, but then you might burn down your whole kitchen, and we don’t think it is worth it, just to prove us wrong.

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Chestnuts

Roasted chestnuts

Roasted chestnuts

 

Contrary to what you may have been told, you need neither an open fire nor Jack Frost nipping at your nose in order to enjoy roasted chestnuts. We didn’t have a fireplace growing up, and yet every winter, particularly around the holidays, we enjoyed the fragrant, toasty, delicious chestnuts that were prepared in the oven.  Not a wood burning oven…just a regular oven, like the one you probably have in your kitchen.

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