The Greeks and the Turks both claim to have created Baklava. It doesn't really matter where it's from as its sublimely delicious either way. Tatlıcı Güven, or Güven the Dessert-maker, is famous in Izmit for creating Sütlü Nuriye, a kind of baklava soaked in sugary milk instead of the typical baklava syrup. During the recent Muslim Sacrifice Holiday, I had the privilege of watching swarms of people buy their decadent sweets at Güven's before heading home or to their relatives abode. Nothing says "Holiday" quite like syrup drenched desserts!
By Amy Hume
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