Baklavash

Ingredients

  • 4 sheets California Lavash
  • 2â…” cups ground walnuts
  • 12 tbsp. ghee (or butter), melted
  • 12 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 small stick cinnamon, broken in half
  • 1 clove (about ¼ tsp), finely ground
  • 4 tbsp. blossom honey
  • 2 tbsp. date syrup (or more honey)
  • ½ a lemon, just the juice
  • 2 tbsp. pistachios, crushed

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Grate about ½ tsp. of cinnamon. Reserve the rest of the stick for the syrup.
  3. In a bowl, combine the ground walnuts, 4 tbsp. sugar, ground cinnamon and ground clove.
  4. Measure your pan and cut the sheets of Lavash to match the actual inside dimensions. Prick the sheets of Lavash with a fork; otherwise the dessert will turn out dry.
  5. Line 2 (7" x 5") pans with parchment paper and slightly brush with ghee using a pastry brush. Top with one level of Lavash.
  6. Brush the Lavash with a generous layer of melted ghee. Sprinkle a layer of the walnut mixture. Add another layer of Lavash, previously brushed with melted ghee on both sides. Repeat until 3 layers separate layers of walnut mixture. Make sure to butter between each layer of Lavash, so they're almost soaked in ghee.
  7. Using kitchen shears (or a serrated knife), carefully snip and score the 3 first layers of Lavash into a diamond pattern (3 long strips, then 3 diagonal cuts).
  8. For the syrup, combine the remaining sugar, ½ cup of water, cinnamon stick, lemon juice, honey and date syrup in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and let simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes. Remove and discard the cinnamon. Allow the syrup to cool a little.
  9. Bake the bakLavash for 30-35 minutes at 350°F until slightly golden.
  10. Remove the bakLavash from the oven and drizzle with the cooled syrup to moisten the dessert. Let sit for at least 2 hours (be patient!). The bakLavash should be gooey and sticky.
  11. Garnish with pistachios and serve with a cup of masala chai.
Tip: You can either buy ready-made walnut flour or make it yourself from 8 oz. of whole walnuts to get the correct amount of powder. Coarsely grind 3 oz. with a food processor or spice grinder, transfer to a bowl and grind the rest until it becomes a

Makes: 12 pieces

Baklavash
Baklavash

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