I took a field trip to Oasis Baklava in Belmont, California to get a special dessert for a party that my family is having in July. Oasis is a small family-operated bakery that's been around for over 35 years specializing in these Middle Eastern pastries. When I walked into the very unassuming brick building I was happily greeted by the owner, her daughter and the sights and smells of delicious pastries.
Baklava means "many layers" in Farsi and is a Middle Eastern pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped walnuts or pistachio and topped with a sugar syrup. I was invited to the taste baklava, as well as greibah, which is a lovely butter cookie that melts in your mouth.
I wanted to have baklava as the main dessert for our event as an homage to my Mediterranean family and as a way to share some of my childhood memories with my guests. Oasis Baklava was absolutely delicious and I would highly recommend it.