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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.

3 Reviews
From Istanbul
Online Experience
1 Hour 45 Minutes
Food And Drinks
Upto 5 people
English
Highlights
  • Prepare a traditional Turkish dessert “Baklava” with an expert chef. Also, get insights into Turkish food and culture
  • This session is live-streamed from a local kitchen in Istanbul
Description

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
  • Live and interactive Baklava cooking session with guidance by a Turkish chef, whose family has been in the Baklava business for generations
  • You can ask questions about Turkish traditions, history, cuisine any time during the session
What's excluded
  • Ingredients
Instructions
  • 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

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.


  • You can book this tour either for USD 17 per screen OR as a private session for USD 64 for upto 10 screens joining this activity with you from all over the world. You will see the option to book this experience as a private tour on the checkout page if it is available for that time slot.
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.

Tour Reviews
  • Manvi Sarkar

    It was a wonderful session.. it took the fear out of making Filo Pastry oneself.. and made it seem simple. Loved the little bits of info the chef talked abt on the origins of Baklava as well. And finally while all the dishes may not have looked gorgeous like his did..they tasted fabulous.. and thats what counts!!

  • Poonam Kumar

    Seemingly tedius recipe made so simple and quick ! Best was that it needed only very few ingredients that are normally available in every household. Together with guiding stepwise for the preparation, IIKer also gave details about origin and history of the recipe as well as alternatives of ingredients and variations. Class was fun and the final product a feast for the eyes and the palate and a wide smile for the job well done!

  • Sandra La Vigne

    Take. This. Class. If you have made it to this page, you know you want to...so don't think about it. Just do it. Ilker breaks down how to make the dough and the rest of this recipe in a very strait forward, easy way to make these little pillows of heaven. You won't regret it.

From USD 17 / Screen
Important Information
  • Refundable : Yes
  • Can be cancelled up to 24hrs before the scheduled tour
  • Date is as per the time zone of the experience host