Exploring the Enchanting Art of Baklava

Baklava, a delectable dessert that has charmed palates around the world, is more than just a culinary delight; it’s a true masterpiece that embodies the rich history, artistry, and tradition of the regions it hails from. Originating in the Middle East and with strong ties to various cultures, baklava has woven itself into the fabric of countless celebrations and special occasions.

At its heart, baklava is a symphony of flavors and textures, skillfully orchestrated by layering delicate sheets of phyllo pastry with finely chopped nuts, sweetened with syrup or honey, and infused with aromatic spices. The meticulous process begins with the careful preparation of the filling, typically made from a combination of ground nuts such as walnuts, pistachios, or almonds. These nuts are finely crushed and often combined with sugar, cinnamon, and sometimes a hint of ground cloves or cardamom.

Layer by layer, the phyllo pastry is generously brushed with butter or oil, creating a crisp and flaky foundation. The nut mixture is evenly spread over the pastry, followed by another layer of phyllo. This layering process is repeated several times, resulting in a multi-layered masterpiece that promises both visual and gustatory delight. Once baked to a golden hue, the baklava is luxuriously drenched in a sweet syrup made from sugar, water, and sometimes a dash of lemon juice or rosewater. This syrup bath ensures the dessert’s sweet succulence and adds a glossy finish that is both irresistible and inviting.

While the exact origins of baklava remain debated, it’s widely acknowledged that the dessert’s roots can be traced back to the ancient civilizations of the Middle East and the Mediterranean. It’s a testament to the historical connections and exchanges that have shaped the culinary landscape of these regions. The name “baklava” itself comes from the Farsi word “baqlāvā,” highlighting the dessert’s Persian heritage.

Baklava’s tradition transcends mere taste; it’s a cultural emblem that signifies togetherness, hospitality, and celebration. Across Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cultures, baklava has become an integral part of festive occasions such as weddings, holidays, and family gatherings. Its presence on dessert tables signals the importance of shared moments and the warmth of hospitality extended to guests.

In Greece, baklava is often enjoyed during Easter, while in Turkey, it’s a staple of celebrations like Eid and weddings. The dessert’s labor-intensive preparation also echoes the values of patience, craftsmanship, and attention to detail. Passed down through generations, the art of making baklava becomes a cherished tradition, fostering a connection between past and present.


Our history in Sydhavn

Today we want to use our blog to tell you our story in this neighborhood of Copenhagen.

We were born and raised here, in my family it has always been a fundamental value to help our neighbors and friends. That is why we decided to stay here and open our business in this place. Leaving sydhavn was never an option as we believe it is part of our responsibility to help it prosper.

Over the years we have been participating both professionally and voluntarily in different projects (Pallieten, Bydelsmødrene) dedicated to helping people adjust to life in Copenhagen, teaching them the language, translating necessary documents for the different bureaucracies, accompanying people to the doctor to translate what they needed, teaching women and children to ride a bicycle or even helping their children to do their school homework.

Our greatest inspiration for all this has always been our mother, she taught us to take care of others, to share and to love cooking, because as she said, food unites people, regardless of origin, religion or thought.

She taught us to empower ourselves and to see ourselves capable of doing anything, always with effort and perseverance.

For this reason, now, we want to share with our environment everything we have learned trying to empower the women of our community and serving as support so that in this way they can overcome any difficulty.



A few years ago my sister and I decided to undertake this project, a project in which we intended to bring to Denmark, a piece of our Moroccan culture through flavors, smells and music.

Little by little this idea took shape and became South Harbor Café, a little piece of Morocco in Copenhagen.

Over the years we have created a family that has made us grow as a business and above all as people. In recent months, recognition has materialized in awards and reviews that have made it possible for our typical dishes to be marketed in supermarkets, thus making it possible for our project to reach more people, projecting our dream where we would never think it would reach.

Thanks to you, who have always supported us and accompanied us on our way, we have achieved all this, and that is why we would like to start a new stage, creating this blog where we can share a little bit of our culture, our progress, promotions, recipes, music, fun facts and everything else to come.

I hope that in this way we can continue to connect and get to know each other a little better, supporting multiculturalism and exchanging flavors and smiles.