Pahlava, a delectable dessert enjoyed during holidays and special occasions, boasts a rich history and irresistible flavor. This pastry masterpiece consists of layers of thin dough, generously filled with nuts such as walnuts or almonds, and bound together with a sweet blend of sugar and butter. Originating from the Middle East, Pahlava has spread its culinary influence worldwide, becoming a cherished treat in various cultures. Its intricate layers and indulgent taste make it a beloved addition to festive gatherings, offering a delightful combination of crunch and sweetness that delights the palate and evokes a sense of tradition with every bite.


- 1 package of phyllo dough

- 2 cups of chopped walnuts or almonds

- 1 cup of unsalted butter, melted

- 1 cup of granulated sugar

- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

- 1/2 cup of water

- 1/2 cup of honey


1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

2. In a mixing bowl, combine the chopped nuts with the ground cinnamon and set aside.

3. Brush a baking dish with melted butter.

4. Carefully unroll the phyllo dough and place one sheet in the prepared baking dish. Brush it generously with melted butter.

5. Repeat this process, layering the phyllo sheets and brushing each layer with melted butter until you have used about half of the sheets.

6. Sprinkle half of the nut mixture evenly over the layered phyllo dough.

7. Continue layering the remaining phyllo sheets on top of the nut mixture, brushing each layer with butter as before.

8. Sprinkle the remaining nut mixture over the top layer of phyllo dough.

9. Using a sharp knife, cut the pastry into diamond or square shapes.

10. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and crisp.

11. While the pastry is baking, combine the granulated sugar, water, and honey in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the syrup thickens slightly.

12. Once the pastry is done baking, remove it from the oven and immediately pour the hot syrup evenly over the top.

13. Allow the pastry to cool completely before serving, allowing the syrup to soak in and the layers to set. Enjoy your delicious homemade pahlava!

Nutrition Value:

1. Phyllo Dough (1 package):

  - Calories: Approximately 1,500

  - Carbohydrates: Approximately 240 grams

  - Protein: Approximately 36 grams

  - Fat: Approximately 30 grams

  - Sodium: Varies based on brand, typically low

  - Cholesterol: Varies based on brand, typically low

  - Vitamins & Minerals: Negligible amounts

  Nutritional Benefits: Phyllo dough is low in fat compared to other types of pastry dough. It's primarily made from flour, water, and a small amount of oil, making it relatively low in cholesterol and sodium.

2. Chopped Walnuts or Almonds (2 cups):

  - Calories: Approximately 1,200-1,400 (varies based on nut choice)

  - Carbohydrates: Approximately 24-28 grams

  - Protein: Approximately 40-48 grams

  - Fat: Approximately 104-120 grams

  - Sodium: Negligible

  - Cholesterol: Negligible

  - Vitamins & Minerals: Rich in vitamin E, magnesium, and healthy fats

  Nutritional Benefits: Both walnuts and almonds are packed with heart-healthy fats, protein, and essential nutrients like vitamin E and magnesium. They offer numerous health benefits, including improved heart health and brain function.

3. Unsalted Butter, Melted (1 cup):

  - Calories: Approximately 1,600

  - Carbohydrates: Approximately 0 grams

  - Protein: Approximately 2 grams

  - Fat: Approximately 184 grams

  - Sodium: Trace amounts

  - Cholesterol: Approximately 488 milligrams

  - Vitamins & Minerals: Contains small amounts of vitamin A and D

  Nutritional Benefits: Butter is a concentrated source of calories and fat. While it's high in saturated fat and cholesterol, it also provides fat-soluble vitamins like A and D.

4. Granulated Sugar (1 cup):

  - Calories: Approximately 770

  - Carbohydrates: Approximately 200 grams

  - Protein: 0 grams

  - Fat: 0 grams

  - Sodium: 0 milligrams

  - Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

  - Vitamins & Minerals: None

  Nutritional Benefits: Sugar provides a quick source of energy but lacks essential nutrients. Consuming large amounts of added sugar can contribute to health issues like obesity and tooth decay.

5. Ground Cinnamon (1 teaspoon):

  - Calories: Approximately 6

  - Carbohydrates: Approximately 2 grams

  - Protein: Approximately 0 grams

  - Fat: Approximately 0 grams

  - Sodium: Approximately 0 milligrams

  - Cholesterol: Approximately 0 milligrams

  - Vitamins & Minerals: Contains small amounts of calcium and iron

  Nutritional Benefits: Cinnamon is known for its antioxidant properties and may help lower blood sugar levels and reduce inflammation.

6. Water (1/2 cup):

  - Calories: 0

  - Carbohydrates: 0 grams

  - Protein: 0 grams

  - Fat: 0 grams

  - Sodium: 0 milligrams

  - Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

  - Vitamins & Minerals: None

Nutritional Benefits: Water is essential for hydration and overall bodily functions. It has zero calories and is vital for maintaining health.

7. Honey (1/2 cup):

  - Calories: Approximately 512

  - Carbohydrates: Approximately 139 grams

  - Protein: Approximately 0.6 grams

  - Fat: 0 grams

  - Sodium: Approximately 12 milligrams

  - Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

  - Vitamins & Minerals: Contains small amounts of vitamin C, calcium, and iron

 Nutritional Benefits: Honey is a natural sweetener that also offers antioxidant properties and potential health benefits like soothing sore throats and aiding in wound healing.

These values are approximate and can vary based on specific brands and preparation methods. It's important to consume these ingredients in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

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