Kayk-e Baghlava – Baklava cake

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It is that time of year: once again, Nourouz is here!

With the arrival of Nourouz, the Persian New Year, every Iranian diligently gathers specific items to be elegantly displayed on their Haftseen table (see more details below).

This is a lesser-known version of baklava that takes the form of a cake, instead of the flaky filo pastry that people are most familiar with. But it has all the familiar flavors that you would expect from a Persian baklava, such as rose water, ground nuts and cardamon. In Farsi, this cake is also called Kayk-e Sharbatie, referring to the syrup that is poured over the baked cake.

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Baghlava

Persian Baklava

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Iranian baklava showcases layers of flaky pastry with nuts, sweetened with a fragrant and buttery syrup of rose water and cardamom.  Typical nuts for baklava are pistachios, almonds, and walnuts.  I have also made this baklava with orange blossom water.

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