National Baklava Day: Fun Facts About This Beloved Dessert

November 17th is National Baklava Day. With that, our chefs at Ya Mas want to bring the celebration to you a bit early. We all know and love the sweet taste of our homemade baklava, but how much do you actually know about the dessert? We have a list of short, yet interesting facts about the Greek Baklava. 


First, What is Baklava?

Baklava is a Greek dessert made out of layers of phyllo stuffed with various nuts such as pistachio, hazelnut, almonds, walnuts, and more. The multiple layers are then dipped into a sweet syrup mixture or honey. 


Fun Facts About Baklava


  1. Baklava is known to many as one of the first recipes to come out of the kitchens of the Topkapi Palace of Istanbul. Since then, it has made its way through the Middle Eastern countries where it is most commonly made.
  2. Phyllo dough gets its name from the Greek word “fyllo,” which means leaf. This is because of the thin layers that the dough makes that then go into the baklava.
  3. Although many do not know whether baklava belongs to the Greek or the Muslim, it has spread to many different countries. It began to be used in Greek and Muslim households, but the dish found its way into Christian while in Christian homes, it is enjoyed during Christmas and Pascha.
  4. The world’s biggest dish of baklava ever made is 513 kgs (1130.97 pounds). It was made on March 22nd, 2018, during the Ankara Gastronomy Summit of that year.
  5. The Sultan of Topkapi, Istanbul, used to serve baklava on the 15th of the month of Ramadan.
  6. The Greek variation of the dessert makes the dish with 33 layers to symbolize the 33 years of Jesus Christ. There is also a preparation of the dish with 40 layers to it as well. It is said that the dish tastes better with every additional layer that is added to it.


Authentic and Homemade Baklava at Ya Mas

At Ya Mas, we strive to make everything we sell to be as authentic to Greek cuisine, including our signature Baklava. Our culinary vision for our restaurant is to provide our guests with a traditional dining experience and allow them to step into the heart of Greece without leaving New Hampshire!

Ready to join us? Visit us at 125 Bridge St. Pelham NH 03076 or call to make a reservation.