How To Cook Armenian Baklava (Pakhlava). Recipe With Honey

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After some introduction to Ukrainian cuisine in my previous hubs, today I'd like to post a baklava recipe, a dessert that is popular in the countries of Central and Southwest Asia and Mediterranean. Sometimes it's also called pakhlava.

Add sliced butter to the flour
Add sliced butter to the flour
Mix everything until flour crumbs
Mix everything until flour crumbs
Add 3 egg yolks, sour cream and water
Add 3 egg yolks, sour cream and water
Divide the dough into 3 parts
Divide the dough into 3 parts
Chop the walnuts and mix them with sugar
Chop the walnuts and mix them with sugar
Spread the filling evenly on the layer
Spread the filling evenly on the layer
Make light cuts, decorate and put into the oven
Make light cuts, decorate and put into the oven
Brush with honey, put into the oven once again, cool and enjoy!
Brush with honey, put into the oven once again, cool and enjoy!

What Is Baklava?

Baklava is a sweet layered pastry with chopped walnuts, syrup or honey. I know it as an Armenian dessert, but baklava is not only Armenian it is very popular in many countries including Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and even Greece. According to the legend, baklava first appeared in Ottoman Empire, the first mention is from 15 century in a cookbook of Ottoman sultans. According to the book, the cook of sultan prepared this dessert and he liked it so much, that he ordered to save the baklava recipe. There are several variants of baklava recipe depending on the country, and I will post the Armenian variant of this dessert.

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: 40 servings (baklava pieces)

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 0.7 lbs (300g) of butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 0.7 lbs (300g) of sour cream
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 0.7 lbs (300g) of walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 3-4 tablespoons of natural honey

How To Make Baklava

  1. Add flour in a bowl, make a small hole in flour with a knife, and put sliced butter into the hole.
  2. Mix everything with a knife until the flour crumbs.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to sour cream. Separate egg whites from yolks. Make a hole in flour once again and add 3 egg yolks (don't add whites, you'll need them in a little while), sour cream and water.
  4. Mix everything and knead the dough. The dough should be stiff and soft at the same time. Divide it into 3 parts (one of them a little bit bigger than the rest), and put them into the fridge for 0.5-1 h.
  5. While dough is preparing, make the filling. Chop walnuts with a knife (you can use blender or grinder, but I don't recommend it, as the taste will be slightly different).
  6. Mix chopped walnuts with sugar; whip the egg whites (4 eggs) lightly(!)
  7. When the dough is ready, take it out, roll each piece of the dough making it approximately 0.2" (0.5cm) thick.
  8. Put the dough layer into the baking pan and brush it with the lightly whipped egg whites, add half of the filling (put it evenly on the whole layer)
  9. Put another layer on top of it and repeat (brush with egg whites and put the rest of the filling evenly).
  10. Now roll the biggest piece of the dough, put it on top and wrap all the edges down.
  11. Brush baklava with yolk and cut it into pieces (don't cut all the way, just the top layer). You can decorate each piece with walnut halves
  12. Put baklava into the COLD OVEN. Heat the oven with baklava inside to 400-430F (200-220C). Once it's heated, bake for 30 min or until golden crust.
  13. Take baklava off and brush it with honey (especially the cuts and the walnuts).
  14. Put it again into the oven for 5 min.
  15. Cool it, cut to pieces and enjoy!

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anglnwu 4 years ago

This looks absolutely delicious. I love baklava and yours looks better than any I've seen in the shops. Rated up.


oceansider 4 years ago

Thank you for your delicious looking recipe for Baklava!

I have eaten this in the past, but I can't remember where I had it...all I know is that I love it.


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PenHitsTheFan 4 years ago from Home

Hmmm....I'll take a couple slices of that. That doesn't sound as hard as I thought baklava would be to make. When I get some time, I may give it a try.


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Shushanik 4 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area Author

Thanks everyone. Give it a try when you have some time and inspiration to bake :)


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

I love baklava and this looks great. Thanks for sharing.


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Goodness, it looks so beautiful! What a gorgeous food!


scottdavene 4 years ago

I love the Baklava Recipe! Thank you for sharing it.

here is a link to another Baklava recipe that I tried recently. It make me think of you, so I thought I should show it to you. One good turn deserves another ;-) : https://sites.google.com/site/chimayochile/the-bro...


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Vita Victoria 4 years ago from Cincinnati, OH

YuM! Once I make it using ur recipe I will send you pictures!


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Shushanik 4 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area Author

Ok. Will wait to see :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I have tried Baklave before and really like it, but yours sounds even better! I am not real good at baking from scratch, but I think I am going to try this. It would be awesome if I could make this myself! Voted up and sharing on my recipe blog! :)

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