Three Exotic Middle Eastern Desserts

Ice cream, chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, tiramisu, cheesecake, sponge cake, chocolate chip cookies, lemon pie, cupcakes, apple pie, caramelized apples, cotton candy – these are all great desserts, but, by now, pretty much everyone has already tried them at least once or twice (if not consumed them on a daily basis). So why not spice up our dessert cookbook for once? Why not try something new? Something radically new. The only question is: well, what should we try? Thankfully, this is a question that has plagued our thoughts for quite some time now, and we decided to put our suffering to work and curate this brief list of exotic desserts. Enjoy!


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Some argue that the name ‘baklava’ may come from the Mongolian word, bayla – ‘to tie, warp up, pile up.’ The dessert is a layered pastry dessert composed of filo pastry, filled with chopped nuts, and, finally, sweetened with syrup or honey. It was one of the most prevalent and popular pastries of the Ottoman Empire.

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