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Tenbel Pakhlava
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
Tenbel pakhlava (lazy baklava) is the recipe of a delicious and easy to make baklava from Azerbaijan.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Azerbaijani, Vegetarian
Servings: 10 people
Author: Mike Benayoun
For the dough
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter , cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup sour cream or creme fraiche
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 egg yolks
For the filling
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 20 oz. walnuts , ground coarsely
For the decoration
  • 1 egg yolk , beaten
  • Whole shelled walnuts
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the flour and butter.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the sour cream and baking soda and incorporate to butter and flour mixture.
  3. Stir in the egg yolks one by one. Mix and knead briefly until smooth and incorporated.
  4. Divide dough into 3 equal pieces. Form each dough into a thick circle.
  5. Wrap each circle in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours.
  6. Beat the egg whites and sugar for 3 minutes at medium speed. Add the ground walnuts and stir with a wooden spoon to mix.
  7. Grease an 8x12 inch (20x30cm) rectangular pan. Preheat oven to 350F/180C.

  8. Dust the work surface with flour. Using a rolling pin, roll the first piece of dough to the dimension of the pan and a thickness of ⅛ inch (3mm).

  9. Place the dough at the bottom of pan and press the bottom and the sides. Spread half of the nut filling on top of the first layer of dough.
  10. Spread the second dough in the same manner and place it above the nut filling. Spread the remaining half of the filling over the second layer of dough.
  11. Place the third piece of dough in the same manner as the first two, by covering the second layer of nuts. Press lightly on the top and on all sides to seal. Brush the top with the beaten egg yolk.
  12. Using a large, sharp knife, carefully cut the pakhlava diagonally with a sharp blade all the way to the bottom of the cake to precut each slice.
  13. Place a whole shelled walnut on top of each slice. Press lightly with the palm of your hand over the entire surface of the baklava.
  14. Bake for 40 minutes or until the pakhlava is golden brown.
Recipe Notes
  • Wait for the pakhlava to cool completely before manipulating it.