I know I preach healthy eating and all that jazz and 98% of the time I do eat so well but I never ever shy away from indulging in some sweet treats every now and then. I love food and that includes desserts, I have a huge soft spot for Turkish desserts.
I don’t think I have ever met anyone that hasn’t tried baklava before! No one is really sure where exactly this delicious dessert originated from as it has links to Turkey and the Ottoman Empire, Armenia and Greece. If you have ever visited a middle eastern country you may have seen baklava on the dessert list. I’ve only ever tried Turkish and Greek Cypriot Baklava and they are both very similar. Every family will make it different and even use different fillings, however traditionally it is made with pistachio or walnuts. For this recipe I wanted to try something different.
Growing up spending my summers in Cyprus, I was lucky enough to be surrounded by some amazing women who would cook and bake the most wonderful types of meals and desserts. Even if these meals and sweet treats weren’t homemade, someone would know someone else who had a restaurant or a dessert shop where we would get dressed up in the evenings and go out with the whole family to enjoy some tasty dessert and turkish ice cream.
Baklava is probably one of the desserts I love the most. Anytime family members come over to the UK from Cyprus, will always come with boxes full of baklava to share with everyone. In the past I’ve watched both my Nene’s (Grandmothers) and my mum make their own versions of baklava but its been years since I’ve had a family member make them.
So when Buy Whole Foods Online got in contact and asked me to select some of their natural and organic whole foods, I knew one of the recipes I wanted to create was this baklava. I chose Raw Honey, Edible Rose Petals and Roasted Macadamia Nuts. So one day I called my sister over to be my taster and I made these delicious and beautiful Macadamia and Rose Baklava. You can switch out macadamia nuts for any other nut or even a bag of mixed nuts.
My homemade Macadamia and Rose Baklavas were a success!
Baklava is best served at room temperature, covered and enjoyed over a few days. You can chill it in the fridge too (it will last a little longer this way). Enjoy with a couple of scoops of vanilla or pistachio ice cream with the whole family. Obviously it goes without saying enjoy in moderation.
This recipe is great to prepare ahead and enjoyed as a dessert after dinner or even at your summer BBQ’s as you watch the sun go down and you unwind from a day of eating and fun with family and friends.
Let me know if you try this baklava recipe and send me or tag me in photos if you share it on social media @pinarcooks.
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