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Make Baklava with a secret family recipe

As an excursion lover, it is hard for me to stay in lockdown but with tourHQ, I have found a way to still keep in touch with people around the world. I will be making a traditional Turkish dessert “Baklava” coming right from the Sultans' menus in the palaces.

From Istanbul
Online Experience
1 Hour 45 Minutes
Upto 10 people
  • Prepare a traditional Turkish dessert “Baklava” with an expert chef. Also, get insights into Turkish food and culture.
  • This session is an interactive session live-streamed from a local kitchen in Istanbul.
  • We can chat and you can ask me questions about Turkish traditions, history, cuisine any time during the session.

Let me share a Baklava recipe passed down through generations in my family. Even better, I will show you how to make it! 

This traditional dessert was essential in Turkish palaces. In fact, the Sultans even took the baklava specialist chefs with them when they went for battles through the borders of the Ottoman Empire. 

We will be spending an hour making and tasting the baklava. It is not very difficult to find the ingredients. While we will be making the delicacy, I will be giving the historical background of my country as well as a modern-day perspective. 

We always say “the best baklava is the one that you cook at home.”

About this experience
What's included
  • Interactive Baklava Cooking Session
  • Guidance by a Turkish chef, whose family has been in the Baklava business for generations!
What's excluded
  • Ingredients
  • Please have a good internet connection and zoom app installed in your phone or laptop.
  • The instructions to join the meeting will be sent via email shortly after the booking.
Know before you go

The price is USD 10 per person. However, if you sign up alone, the price is USD 20. 

Please prepare the following before the session:

For the baklava

  • 350 grams ( of chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, or pistachios are best, or use a combination of them)
  • 3 cups of white flour ( 300 grams )
  • 1 cup of flour starch ( 100 grams)
  • 1 cup of butter, melted ( 200 grams )
  • 1 egg
  • Baking powder ( 50 grams )
  • 4 grams of salt 

For the syrup

  • 2 glasses of water ( 300 ml )
  • 1.5 glasses of sugar (300 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • Finely,  grounded pistachios for garnish (optional)
  • A rolling pin for rolling out the dough
  • A pan: 35 cm round size or equal rectangular pan.
  • An oven used for baking for 50 minutes at 175 C / 374 F

Note: As baking takes about an hour, you will be proceeding from the oven to the syrup session on your own.

Meet your Host
Ilker Avici

I have always had a passion for traveling and meeting new people. Thanks to studying languages and tour guiding, I am able to make this come true. I have traveled a lot and, as a guide made lots of friends from all over the world. I would like to share my local knowledge and guiding experience of 22 years with my guests.

From USD 20 / Person
Important Information
  • Refundable : Yes
  • Can be cancelled upto 24hrs before the scheduled tour.
  • Date is as per the time zone of the experience host.