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  1. 1. Armenian Pakhlava Vanadzor N16 primary school For eTwinning
  2. 2. What Is Pakhlava? Pakhlava is a sweet layered pastry with chopped walnuts, syrup or honey. I know it as an Armenian dessert, but pakhlava is not only Armenian it is very popular in many countries including Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and even Greece. According to the legend, pakhlava 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 pakhlava recipe. There are several variants of pakhlava recipe depending on the country, and I will post the Armenian variant of this dessert.
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. How To Make Pakhlava 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.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. 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(!)
  8. 8. 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).
  9. 9. 10. Now roll the biggest piece of the dough, put it on top and wrap all the edges down. 11. Brush pakhlava with yolk and cut it into pieces (don't cut all the way, just the top layer).
  10. 10. You can decorate each piece with walnut halves 12. Put pakhlava into the COLD OVEN. Heat the oven with pakhlava inside to 400-430F (200- 220C). Once it's heated, bake for 30 min or until golden crust.
  11. 11. 13. Take pakhlava off and brush it with honey (especially the cuts and the walnuts).
  12. 12. 14. Put it again into the oven for 5 min.
  13. 13. 15. Cool it, cut to pieces and enjoy!
  14. 14. Vanadzor N16 primary school ARMENIA Made by Manush Arzumanyan