When I was about 12 or 13 years old, my cousin turned 15. In Hispanic cultures, we do not celebrate Sweet 16s, instead we celebrate “quinceañeras” which is a celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday. It is a huge deal, like the year you become a real woman. It is usually a big lavish party that is thrown and you have a big celebration that can last anywhere from one little party through the whole weekend.
Well, my cousin’s mom decided to kick it up a notch and throw her party on a 15 day European cruise. Well, I remember that the day of her actual birthday we were in Turkey. We had traditional foods and a wonderful time sightseeing and going into shops where they made outstanding rugs and knitted items.
It was a pretty amazing experience. Well, on the evening of her party, they celebrated not with a traditional American cake, but a classic Turkish dessert: baklava. Specifically, apple baklava.
It was amazing, everyone loved it and I knew I had to learn how to make that complex, yet so delicious dessert at home. It was so amazing and everyone loved it so I knew it would be a hit at home.
Photo and recipe courtesy of Baking Sense.
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Quick Tip: Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.