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Ask a Turk what they associate with Gaziantep and the chances are that they will desire longingly for some "şam fıstığı" (pistachios). And of course, from those pistachios, one can make a delicious melt-in-the-mouth baklava. There are seven ingredients in baklava, and pistachio is key to this exquisite and traditional dessert. Durum wheat flour; eggs and salt for the pastry; milk and semolina for the "kaymak" (Turkish clotted cream) which is added to the pistachios for the filling; and clarified butter are also needed to make baklava, which is one of the most popular desserts of Turkish cuisine. Gaziantep is a well-known city in Turkey with various types of baklavas and baklava baking techniques, which have been passed down from generation to generation.

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Mr Ahmet Murat Ustunsurmeli has been known as the first authentic baklava producer in London. He has launched the artisanal Baklava shop and bakery in 1993. Mr. Surmeli and his culinary team have been following the authentic principles of baklava production. Baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo with chopped nuts, sweetened and held together with syrup or honey and is popular all over the world. According to culinary historian Charles Perry, a contributor to the Oxford Companion to Food who has translated four medieval Arabic recipe collections, baklava descends from layered breads first made in the Middle Ages by Turkish nomads in Central Asia. “The 11th-century Turkish dialect dictionary Diwan Lughat al-Turk records the expression qatma yuvgha, which translates in Arabic as khubz mughaddan, literally ‘folded bread,’ and to this day, the Central Asian Turkic nations make layered breads,” he wrote. “The same word, yufka, is applied to the paper-thin sheets of dough from which modern baklava is made in Turkey.” The history of Baklava is not well documented, but there is some evidence that its current form was developed in the imperial kitchens of the Topkapı Palace in Istanbul. The Sultan supposedly presented trays of baklava to the Ottoman household troops and bodyguards every 15th of the month of Ramadan in a ceremonial procession called the Baklava Alayı.‘Antep baklavası’ has a registered geographical sign in 2013 as a Protected Geographical Indication by the European Commission. So, baklava now officially belongs to Antep!


Provides 28 portions. Preparation time is about 147 minutes.

‘Baklava’ is one of the most popular Turkish desserts. ‘Antep Baklavası’ has a registered geographical sign, given by the Turkish Patent Institute in 2007. Gaziantep is a well known city in Turkey with various types of baklavas and baklava production techniques that have down from generation to generation over many years.


5kg Antep pistachio nuts
1kg Wheat flour (Type 550)
1kg Butter
591g Whole Milk (min.3% fat)
343g Sugar
3 Eggs (medium)
100g Starch
59g Semolina
10g Table salt
157ml Water


Preparation of dough: 1kg wheat flour, 3 whole chicken eggs and table salt are mixed in a dough mixer. Dough is divided into pieces and rolled by hand.

Rolling out dough: The dough is rolled out with an electric dough roller and passed between rolling pins.

Rolling dough thin: The dough is mixed and made thin by a thin wooden, roller called an ‘oklava’. The principal aim of this process is to make the sheets of dough thinner. As the chef is rolling out the dough, he sprinkles starch on to the dough sheets. The first time he does this is called ‘tekleme’ and second time is called ‘çiftleme’.

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‘Boy verme’ (to extend the dough sheets): ‘Oklava’ that are wrapped with dough sheets (about 12) are rotated by the baklava chef. The large, thin (filmy) dough sheets are separated from the oklava one by one and collected in order to be used for the next step.

Sheets to be laid out on the tray: The filmy sheets of dough are laid out on trays one by one. The best dough sheets are used for the base and top of the product. Non-damaged sheets are marked with a small piece of been passed dough, so that the chef can see the non-damaged sheets more easily.

‘Taban verme’ (making the base of baklava): The tray is oiled lightly with butter and a few undamaged filmy dough sheets are put on the base of the tray. Thin dough sheets are layered one on top of the other on the tray (12 layers).

‘Kaymaklama’ (spreading cream): 650g of cream is prepared from the mixture of semolina with whole milk. The cream (at room temperature) is spread on the base sheets of baklava. Cream preparation: 1kg of whole milk and 100g semolina are mixed and boiled.

‘Fıstıklama’ (sprinkling Antep pistachio nuts): Milled raw Antep pistachio nuts are sprinkled over the cream. To make the top level of baklava: filmy dough sheets are placed one by one, until there are 12 layers. Melted butter is brushed on to each sheet during the process.

‘Kenar çevirme’ (shaping the edge): The edge of the baklava in the tray is cut and shaped by a knife.

‘Dilim dilme’ (cutting baklava into slices): Baklava is cut (portioned) into squares and melted butter is poured on it.

‘Fırınlama’ (baking): the baklava is baked at 270°C in a traditional stone oven until brown in colour and a crisp texture is obtained.

‘Çetlesme’ after being taken out of the oven the Baklava is left to rest at room temperature for 20 minutes.

‘Taban yakma’ (browning the base of baklava): The base of the baklava is browned on a gas cooker.

‘Serbetleme’ (adding syrup): Boiled syrup is poured on the baklava and the tray is stood in the oven for 1 min. to boil the baklava with the syrup.

Syrup preparation: 7kg sugar is mixed with 3L of tap water and boiled for approx. 10 mins.

‘Yıkma’ (toppling): The baklava tray is titled to one side using a knife to control the base so that the syrup can penetrate into the sides.

Cooling: Baklava trays are stood in troughs full of cold tap water in a room at about +8oC. Storage: Stored at room temperature until it is sold.

Transport: It is served in cardboard cartons (with laminated aluminium paper).


Grand Parade, 45 Green Lanes,
Harringay, London N4 1AG 
020 8809 1004
33 Green Lanes, London, N16 9BS
020 72269409
Mon-Sun: 12:00am – 11.30pm