When it comes to dessert, I can proudly confess that I have a sweet tooth. With the exception of chocolate – I know haters gonna hate – I will try nearly any type of dessert, cake or cookie. However, if I was proverbially stuck on an island for the rest of eternity and could only choose one dessert, it would have to be baklava.
For those of you that have yet to experience baklava, baklava is a pastry made of layers of filo and often includes various forms of chopped nuts such as walnuts or pistachios. Held together by syrup and honey, the baklava I prefer have layers upon layers of pure, moist, honey-dripping bliss.
The origins of baklava is hotly contested as some believe it originated in Turkey, whereas others believe Persia and I always thought it to be Greece. To me, this debate is not mine worth fighting because if you have baklava on your menu, then I’m almost always ordering, especially if you have a cup of Turkish coffee to pair with my dessert.
I’ve tried baklava all over the United States, from New York to Dallas to Los Angeles, but it wasn’t until I was introduced to the San Diego company Baklava King, that I new there truly was an “America’s Best Baklava.” Founded in 2002, San Diegans have been harboring the secret of Baklava King to themselves, but I say, “No more!” The rest of the United States shouldn’t be deprived of Baklava King’s made-to-order desserts.
Once your order is placed, the Ugur family will bake and ship your order and the first time my order arrived for me, not only did it have a personalized note, but perhaps it was my imagination or just a warm spring day, but the box actually felt warm like the baklava just came out of the oven. In fact, the baklava was so moist and dripping with honey, that I had plenty of sticky fingers just opening the package to get a first bite. Okay, three first bites.
I would highly recommend ordering a 32 piece box, which would include 16 triangles of either pistachio or walnut baklava and 16 rolls of burma baklava. The burma baklava is a rolled pastry, that is either topped with chocolate, pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts or cinnamon. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised with the burma baklava and by far my favorite was cinnamon.
For those of you interested in planning a party where you can order several boxes of baklava from Baklava King, have no fear. Simply wrap the boxes in plastic wrap, place them into your refrigerator and the baklava will be just as fresh two weeks later than the day they arrived. Now this method will require a fair amount of patience as I knew I couldn’t resist breaking the saran wrap and sneaking another piece of this delicious baklava.
So the next time you need a gourmet dessert, check out Baklava King, I do assert. And your guests, will be pleasantly surprised, with American’s Best Baklava, before their eyes.
Baklava King can be found at 9932 Prospect Avenue, Suite 136 Santee, CA 92071, however in-store visits are appointment only, Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. Give them a jingle at (619) 258-KING and please follow them on Twitter here and like their Facebook page here.