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Bake or Buy? Why You Should Buy Baklava

Many often wonder if they should buy or bake baklava.

With large celebrations such as Eid al-Fitr gathering people together, it's a key question as buying can be costly.

Yet, with baking, more can go wrong—and you have a lot on your plate already.

Let Layla be the first to tell you: You should buy Baklava, and you should buy it from us.

Want to know why? Let's take a brief look at the baking process first to understand a bit more about why we say this.

How to Bake Baklava

The Ingredients

  • Filo dough
  • Unsalted butter
  • Orange blossom water
  • Rose water
  • Pistachios

You can get these ingredients at your local store. However, you have to balance flavors to produce baklava with its characteristic taste.

Baklava Pistachio
Baklava Pistachio

The Process

  1. Prepare the dough (if you don’t buy it frozen and prepacked).
  2. Soak each sheet of filo dough in sugary syrup.
  3. Layer the dough. 
  4. Mix sugar and pistachios with a sweet 70:30 ratio of nuts to sugar.
  5. Spritz just the right amount of fragrant orange blossom and rose water.

Unfortunately, there’s also a lot that can go wrong between placing your baking tray in the oven and setting your treats to bake. Worst case scenario, your baklava comes out dry and slightly burned. 

Making the best baklava needs keen eyes and a fast hand.

Fortunately, there’s a service that will gladly handle this for you—and it might even turn out cheaper. 

The Expenses

Baking a small tray of baklava to enjoy at home might not be expensive. However, baklava is a celebratory dessert. 

You’ll need a longer list of ingredients if you’re making baklava for about 30-50 guests.

All these ingredients come at a cost. A kilo of unshelled pistachios, for example, costs about $29. Store-bought filo sheets cost about $2.99 for six layers. If you were to go completely Greek and use 40 layers of filo dough, that’s about $15.

And don’t even mention the cost of pure organic rose water.

By the time you get the entire list of authentic ingredients, your wallet’s inching toward the red, but Layla’s Delicacies sources all of the ingredients for you. 

Why Layla’s Delicacies?

When you order from Layla’s Delicacies, you’re not only getting a tray of baklava. You’re igniting your senses with years of practice, patience, and tradition. You’re unlocking exclusive recipes sieved through time to produce the best of multiple cultures.

We put together the best ingredients to form an orchestra of flavors, textures, and tastes to give you a truly Tunisian experience.

The Product What’s In It What They Say
Crunchy sesame shell with silky chocolate This sesame shell with chocolate is part of our 6-piece Escape box. Tasting this is taking a trip across Spain where the art of stuffing was perfected. Mark Correale (Downingtown, US) Amazing! Amazing!! This was a gift for my in law's birthday. I am very impressed with the service! This shipped out quickly and directly to the gift recipient. My in-law told me they were amazing, super cute. I will definitely be ordering them again. Thank you very much! :)
Hazelnut paste with a touch of crunchy white chocolate delicately decorated with artisan sugar lace There’s no debate whether pineapple belongs on a pastry. This pineapple-pistachio combination is the stuff of dreams you’ll find in the 10-piece Escape Box. Krishna Sidhdhapura (Cary, US) Wow! Such a Unique Treat
Such a delicious and delicately made sweets. I sent it to my family and friends as a gift and they loved it. Amazing culinary art.
Crunchy walnut with white chocolate and almond At Layla’s, sweet, nutty, and crunchy looks like this. This crunchy walnut with white chocolate and almond is straight out of a baker’s fantasy playbook. You’ll get this in our 23-piece Appreciation Gift Box. Richard Weisberg (Twinsburg, US) Yummy!
Do I dare say I ate the whole box in one sitting (by myself)? OK, I admit it. They were the most beautiful bites of deliciousness. Thank you so much. Who knew something I saw on a Facebook ad would be my new favorite store. Thank you Layla's.
Soft mixture of almond and pistachio How about a healthy serving of even more nuts with your baklava order? Find this Soft mixture of almond and pistachio in the 9-piece Appreciation Box. Heather DelVecchio My dad loved them! I never know what to send my dad as he has everything. So I thought that I would try something different. He said that they were not only aesthetically pleasing but tasted awesome. Thank you so much!
ALTEXT Only an authentic bakery with an understanding of Middle Eastern gourmet pastry can put together nuts and rose petals to come up with unique Bjewia Pistachio. Order the Vegan Box with your baklava and shake up your taste buds. Trix Render (Damascus, US) Every bite’s a delight I shared these delicious and not sinful treats with friends last night and we all loved these nutty, floral bites. I can eat them all day,every day.

Our World-Class Packaging

So if you decide to leave the heavy lifting to us, we work our Tunisian magic and deliver the package. 

Think of a mint-colored box dressed in a sleeve with a heartfelt message for the recipient.

That’s just an example of the lengths we go to for you to give you the perfect package. Whether you’re gifting your family and friends for Ramadan or appreciating your colleagues at work, our packaging keeps your delivery safe and fresh.

We’ve Got The US Covered

Few things  beat the rush of receiving a Layla’s Delicacies package. You don’t know what’s in the box yet, especially if it’s a first-time order.

We have couriers who will deliver your package within one business day. You can choose a delivery timeline of two to five days.  

If you live a few countries away, what are a few borders when you’ve got a bakery that ships internationally to make sure you sink your chompers into small diamond-shaped crunchy pieces of Meditterean deliciousness?

Ranya Almohsen (Morgantown, US)

“Great!

I love it, and it makes me feel at home.

I haven’t tried this level of professionally and quality in the USA before.”

We Stay True to Its Roots

Our identity as Layla’s Delicacies is imprinted in the delicacies we bake. Baklava is as historical as it is celebratory.

The pastry, its methods, and its relevance go back to the 8th Century. The Assyrians thinned out the dough, dipped it in honey, and baked it with nuts between the dough. This recipe spread to other Middle Eastern cultures.

Whenever a country had a taste, they added or changed an ingredient. Yet, in all its travels, baklava remained a pastry for the rich.

As the recipe traveled towards Greece, It was immortalized as a pastry for good times in all the countries it touched.

Fast forward to the present US; you can now bake baklava at home. Alternatively, Layla’s Delicacies can give you some with Tunisian twist. Sit back and order, we’ll bake and deliver. It's a win-win. 

Where Can I Buy Baklava Online?

Most retail outlets with an online presence sell baklava. Think Costco, Walmart, Trader Joe’s, and Sam’s Club. 

However, when you buy from a family-run establishment such as Layla’s Delicacies, you know we put years, and baking secrets passed down generations into our baklava.

Are you ready to take a bite out of Tunisia?

Reach out to usand let us handle your small or big occasion’s gifting needs. Get the coffee ready as you await your  delivery. 


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