Nut Pastry

BAQLAWA (Lebanese)

In the Lebanon the famous pastry called Baqlawa is made of many layers of paper-thin dough with a filling of crushed nuts and sugar between layers. The best samneh is used for this dough. Sugar syrup is poured over the pastry when it comes hot from the oven to give it a translucency and a rich honey flavor. The pastry is difficult to make at home for it must be rolled very thin. Sheets of it can be bought at pastry shops selling oriental sweets. Squares of baqlawa are sold at the shops where made, from large trays. They may be eaten there, or taken home. Shops specializing in Arabic sweets box them for shipment around the world. Among the different kinds of baqlawa are Kul we Ishkur (eat and praise), Zibd es Sit (the lady's wrist).

(From Food from the Arab World Marie Karam Khayat and Margaret Clark Keatinge, Khayat's, Beirut 1959)