November 17 – National Baklava Day
National Baklava Day
Five Food Finds about Baklava
- Baklava is the ancestor of strudel.
- It was brought to Hungary by Turkish invaders in the 16th century.
- A dessert cake of Turkey, Greece and the Middle East, created sometime before the 16th century.
- Baklava consists of 30 or more sheets of phyllo dough brushed with lots of butter, and layered with finely chopped pistachios, walnuts, and/or almonds.
- After baking, a syrup of honey, rose water and lemon juice (sometimes spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, etc) is poured over the pastry and allowed to soak in.
Today’s Food History
on this day in…
1749 Nicolas Appert was born. Appert was a French cook and inventor who developed the method of preserving food that we call canning. He originally used glass jars sealed with wax and reinforced with wire.
1869 The Suez Canal opened, linking the Red Sea with the Mediterranean Sea.
1967‘Incense And Peppermints’ by Strawberry Alarm Clock is #1 on the charts
1988 Wal-Mart opened its first Super Center at Wheeler, Oklahoma. It carries fresh meat, produce, dairy products, and baked goods, in addition to other standard supermarket products and discount store merchandise.
1996 The World Food Summit concluded. Delegates promised full efforts to ease world hunger.