Just the thought of this sweet and sticky treat makes my mouth water now.
I’ve always had a sweet tooth, and as someone who loves to try new foods and flavours, I was excited to try Baklava for the first time. It was back in Manchester, and my sister had brought some back from her trip to Greece. I remember being intrigued by the flaky layers of phyllo dough and the golden, syrupy filling. But as soon as I took my first bite, I knew it wasn’t for me. It was overwhelmingly sweet and had a flavour that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I was disappointed. But despite not enjoying it, I found myself returning to it repeatedly, trying to see what made it so special.
Several years later, I had a Baklava breakthrough at a friend’s wedding when his friend brought Baklava from his home country of Turkey. I was hesitant to try it again, but curiosity got the better of me. To my surprise, I found myself thoroughly enjoying it. The pastry was still sweet, but the complex flavour profile was unlike anything I had experienced. It was nutty, slightly floral, and perfectly balanced.
Since then, I’ve been on a mission to find the best Baklava wherever I go. I’ve tried versions from different countries, and I’ve even attempted to make them myself at home. While I can’t say I’m a baklava expert by any means, I’ve come to appreciate the complexity and care that goes into making a truly great one.
The Master Behind Dandy’s Baklava
But let’s turn our attention to the true master behind the Baklava at Dandy: Chef Sayed from Egypt. Chef Sayed’s passion for the craft began at an early age when he started making Baklava at just 11 years old under the guidance of a traditional Baklava master. Since then, he has honed his skills in Western and Eastern desserts and taught Middle Eastern desserts as an academy chef. With over 20 years of experience and as a former dessert chef at the prestigious Mövenpick Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh, Chef Sayed is no stranger to crafting sweet treats at the highest level. In recognition of his exceptional talents, he received a certificate from the Ministry of Manpower in Egypt as an Excellent Senior Sweet Chef.
Every Baklava that Chef Sayed creates is a work of art. He uses only the freshest and highest-quality ingredients, combined with his rich syrup and delicate phyllo dough, to create a treat that is both delicious and visually stunning. And the best part? Every Baklava is lovingly handcrafted with an unwavering commitment to perfection, making it the perfect dessert for any occasion!
Now, you might be thinking, “Isn’t Baklava super sweet and unhealthy?” Well, that’s where Dandy comes in. They’ve been working with Chef Sayed to create a healthier version of Baklava without compromising its authentic taste. So if you’re craving something sweet and unique, head on over to Dandy and try out Chef Sayed’s Baklava, whether you prefer a classic version or want to try something new, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Trust me, once you take a bite, you’ll be transported to a world of decadent indulgence.